on happiness.

Every week, I clean my aunt's home. It takes me a couple of hours, I make a little money, and I get to listen to my podcasts.

One of those podcasts is Happier, by sisters Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project) and Elizabeth Craft (TV writer and producer). Each week they talk about habits and things that bring or take away from happiness. Each week one of them shares a "happiness demerit" and a "gold star." I decided I wanted to start blogging again, and I also decided I wanted to be happier. I'm hoping that blogging helps me get my thoughts out again. I like feedback; words of affirmation is my number 1 Love Language, so I'm hoping I have more success with blogging than I do with journaling. Mostly, I just need a place to throw down some words.

My happiness demerit for the week (or the past year, take your pick) is going to bed too late. I'm a person who needs a strict 8 hours or I'm a grouch. Thanks to a baby who is still waking up at all hours during the night and usually ends up in bed with me, any sleep I do get isn't great quality (I'm never deeply asleep because subconsciously I am keeping him on the bed). I know I need to get him out of my bed (he is almost a year old, after all), but I know I could do better and get to bed earlier.

My Gold Star for the week goes to the app Overdrive. If you haven't heard of it, this app allows you to sign in through your local library and virtually check out e-books for two weeks. As someone who struggles to a) get to the library, b) return books to the library, and c) is too cheap/poor to buy all the books, this is a perfect solution. I do still love a good hard copy now and again, but if I'm going to read actual books instead of my short blog posts, Instagram snippets, and Facebook articles, then this is the way to go. It's barely February and I've zoomed through two YA novels and I'm working my way through my first Brene Brown. Since childhood I've identified as a reader, so it feels good to get in touch with the reader in me again. Any book recs for me?

Well, that's all I've got for tonight. Here I am again.


  1. I just started using Overdrive too and it really is the best! Such a game changer. Although I do love my paper books the best, you can't beat the convenience. Glad to see you blogging again! You're a beautiful writer (I suppose that could mean both writing and looks... Haha!).

  2. I love overdrive! I use it all the time! I just read a book called Variant that I really like! It's a YA book by am LDS author. Just a suggestion!

  3. Gah! I'm up too late at this very moment reading this, haha, it's one for me to work on too. I love to read your blog, Kylie! I'll have to look into the app, I'm also partial to my paper books though. And I'll be watching for Rachel's recommendation too, the last few books I've started were duds & I could use a good read!


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