#WeVerb12: Enliven

Was there a book or article that inspired you to make a change in your life this year? What was the source and what did you change?

The book that helped me shape my year and gave me a new perspective on life was something I finished right at the end of last year. It was the first book I reviewed this year as well. It may seem cliche, but The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin really made an impact on my life this year.

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I will admit that I didn’t love this book, but I loved the mantra I took away from it, which is “Be Ayesha.” It seems pretty obvious to be true to yourself. But, up until this year, I spent so much time focused on what I should be doing, rather than what I could be doing for a happier me. I had to realize that it’s ok that I don’t want to go out dancing every weekend because then I wouldn’t be me. I had to realize that it’s ok to not be a foodie, because you wouldn’t know whose fridge you were in if you didn’t find cheese, rice, and possibly a Hot Pocket or two in mine. I had to realize that I shouldn’t waste money on a Groupon activity that I would never do so that I could buy books and shoes.

I’m glad that I applied the mantra this year when Pinterest would tell me what the latest and greatest crafts were, and wedding world made me feel like our wedding wasn’t pretty enough or stylish enough or unique enough. I wouldn’t be me if I said yes to everything. “Be Ayesha” helped me maintain my sanity, and I’m confident that I will be able to carry that with me in years to come.

Have you ever found great advice from something you didn’t entirely love?

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3 responses

  1. Thanks for the insightful article. It’s true, we should never have to excuse ourselves for who we are. Besides, nobody really cares, and it only leaves one person feeling dissatisfied, you.
    I once got a book called “Don’t say yes, if you want to say no” by some German authors. I sometimes thought asserting all their messages would make you one mean person, but at the same time their reasoning left me feeling empowered and I did start to say “no” a lot more often than before and not apologizing for it either.

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