This morning I spent an hour trying to figure out how to link my blog to my heretofore little used Facebook page. I stumbled blindly through plug-ins and widgets and may have managed to get that little thumbs up icon activated, but the Follow Me link still isn’t working right. I’ll keep at it.
It’s been a while since I had to work hard at learning something. It feels good.
In her #1 New York Times Best Seller The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, Gretchen Rubin researches the myriad of elements that contribute to a person’s happiness. She then provides a delightful account of how she spent a year incorporating those elements into her own life, with a chapter for each month.
March was dedicated to Aim Higher, since her research showed that “challenge and novelty are key elements to happiness.” The tasks she set for herself to meet that challenge were: Launch a Blog, Enjoy the Fun of Failure, Ask for Help, Work Smart, and Enjoy Now. I’m here to tell you that the model works.
Since Gretchen had encouraged her readers to “Ask for Help,” I sent her an email asking for advice as I embarked on the blog adventure (I didn’t know any other bloggers–that’s how new I was to all of this). She was kind enough to write back to me with more words of wisdom:
“Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought that you have to have everything perfect on the first day. Start out, and add bells and whistles as you go.”
It’s been good advice (her book is a treasure trove of good advice). I’ll get back now to working on that Facebook link.
Thanks to all of you who have already subscribed here. Now that I have a full week of blogging under my belt, I will start getting into the meatier aspects of the book I’m working on, Feng Shui Animal House: Raking the Sand Garden in the Midst of the Chaos.
Question for you: Do you think the title works? Do you “get” the connotations without further explanation? Some think the sub-title is too long, but once I saw The Happiness Project‘s sub-title I let go of that. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!