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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