The Next Chapter: The Joy Diet

by Valerie on September 18, 2009 · 23 comments

I am so excited that today is the beginning of Jamie Ridler’s online bookclub, The Next Chapter.  The book is The Joy Diet: Ten Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Martha Beck.

I had been thinking all summer that I really wanted to do some sort of “work through way through a book” project this fall.  The last timeI had that feeling was in late 2007, and I started the Artist’s Way, stopped, and started again.  Ultimately, what I learned was that I wanted to grow my blog and I became really involved in that rather than finish the last 5 weeks of the book, but I found working my way through more than half of it invaluable.  I was considering revisiting it this fall, but wanted something just a little lighter – not so much in how hard the exercises can be, but in magnitude of time commitment.  And I did not want it to feel as lonely as the Artist’s Way did.  And at about that point, several blogger friends started mentioning that Jamie’s fall book would be the Joy Diet.  A few tweets with Ellecubed who had started reading the book (and had great things to say) and a trip to Borders was all that it took for me to sign up.

I hope to find more playfulness in the every day.  Yes, it is about answering the hard questions, but it is also about find more joy and play, at least for me.  I look forward to reading this book and hearing the thoughts of my fellow book club members. 

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1 Lavanya September 18, 2009 at 5:00 am

Fun! I have been reading parts of this book. Looking forward to reading everybody's weekly thoughts on this


2 Globetrotting Cacti September 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

I have not heard of this book but will check and see if it is available in the UK. Happy reading….


3 Vienna September 18, 2009 at 11:22 am

It seems like fun! Can't wait to read your thought on it! I'm all for adding fun to my life.


4 Glad September 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Hi! I'm a pilgrim on the Joy Diet journey, too.

I'm looking forward to reading, thinking, writing and reading!

Nothing – that's going to be a tough one for me!

Good luck!


5 Melita September 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

you know, i think this is exactly what i will need to help me along my path of wellness. i am SO happy you are joining in. i look forward to hearing your take on the book. now, off to write my own post…


6 WrightStuff September 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

It will be great doing this as a group – sure we can all help each other along the way. See you next week!


7 sherry ♥ lee September 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Having read the book years ago, I'm looking forward to working through it and talking about it with others!


8 Karley September 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Dear CGL,

I look forward to sharing this journey with you each week.



9 Lauren September 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Yay so glad you are doing this too! I often think that as soon as I graduate I need to do Kimberly's Creativity Circle and work through those books as well. This will be a great start to eventually doing something like that!


10 kaileenelise September 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

this is really exciting – i think we are going to have a great group on the joy diet journey. i agree with lauren, kimberly's creativity circle might be next on the dock for me as well.


11 Kathy Crabbe September 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Good to meetcha fellow Joy Dieter – I just thought you might want to know that your twitter link isn't working!

Kathy C.


12 Snap September 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Nice to meet you and looking forward to sharing the Journey on the Joy Diet!


13 Lisa September 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Hello from a fellow joy dieter… Looking forward to seeing how this adventure unfolds!


14 The Other Laura September 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Glad to have you along on this JOYful journey!


15 Helen September 18, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hear, hear! As a city girl myself, I resonated with your desire to find something like this but not have it require too much time commitment. I look forward to reading your entries as we go on this journey!


16 Karen D September 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Looking forward to "dieting" with the joy dieters!
I have also just started the Artist Way.


17 Ellecubed September 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

It is so great to hear about your experiences with The Artist Way. I thought that I was the only one who found the books journey to be really lonely.

I am so happy that you are participating. This should be a really fun journey.


18 Jamie Ridler September 19, 2009 at 4:12 am

I'm so glad this is showing up at just the right time and feeling like just the right fit. There's definitely going to be more playfulness – especially since one of the ingredients is Play!

Enjoy :)


19 Kim September 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

A fellow dieter here stopping by to say "hello" Looking forward to sharing this Joyful adventure with you!


20 Grammy September 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

Just stopped by to say Hi! I look forward to our new adventure into Joy. Have a great week.


21 becky n September 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I, too, have had on and off starts with The Artist's Way, and yet it has affected me significantly – one of these days I'll finish it – but it's not so important that it all be done at once.

Am looking forward to travelling with you and others through the Joy Diet.


22 Valli September 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I'm so glad you're with us. It's not lonely here and we have a great time. Enjoy silence this week. See you Friday.


23 Ananda September 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm

hi. i love following your blog. thanks for dropping by my blog. i am glad we are doing the joy journey together. enjoy doing no-thing.


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