Joy of Appreciative Living

Lil O and Mr. UpCyclist hiking in Colorado
Photo: Lil O and Mr. UpCyclist hiking in Colorado

I am a big fan of public libraries especially good ones.  At our local library in Colorado - a superb library for such a small town - I checked out 21 books.  Yep, you heard me.  Twenty-one.  Books for me, Mr. UpCyclist, Lil O and even Jedi (well, books about dogs and how smart they are).

Anyway, some of the books I chose.  Other books chose me.

This book, The Joy of Appreciative Living, was one of the books that chose me (affiliate link).  I'm glad it did.  I've been practicing the daily exercises for two weeks now.  I even did the big weekly activity - visualizing the life you want to lead.  There is something about this book that resonates with me.

Jen's Journal

I think it reminds me of life coaching with Sue and reframing everyday situations - especially the sticky ones.

If you have space in your summer reading queue, I highly recommend The Joy of Appreciative Living.  Plus, page 47 has the best, reflective questions.  I have become a big fan of good, curious questions.

xoxo,

Jen



34 comments:

  1. Don't you LOVE it when books jump out of you! One thing I do when I go to the library is take a few seconds to "feel" where I need to go and it's amazing what pops out at me in that section. Same for book stores. I found 2 biographies just a few days ago which will help me on a novel I'm writing now. Who knew?! I notice you have the watercolors out - perfect for de-stressing. Throw a little salt on a watercolor puddle and notice the beautiful designs. The Japanese word for joy or happiness is Raku -- that wonderful art of firing pottery (sometimes throwing salt in the kiln) when the stress of removing it from the heat creates crazing/crackles and some gorgeous colors. Unexpected stress = beauty!

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    1. Sherri - I tried your salt idea and love the effect! Thank you!

      I like that you, too, have books that choose you. Again, we are kindred spirits.

      The list goes on......

      I hope your summer is lovely,

      Jen

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  2. Hi Jen - I'm Jackie Kelm, the author of The Joy of Appreciative Living. Thank you for the plug, and I'm thrilled you are doing the exercises! It really does change your life - but only when you do the exercises! There is also a free online daily email program that goes with the book too to help keep you on-track. If you like good questions, I have more great ones in some of the articles I have online. The ones for marriage/partnership are particularly powerful. I used them once to turn around my marriage at a rough spot: http://appreciativeliving.com/appreciative-living-articles/

    Hope your summer is more wonderful than ever!! - jackie

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    1. Jackie - Thank you so much for dropping by Upcycled Education. What a neat surprise! I do think my summer is more wonderful than ever. I find myself looking for joy everywhere.

      I also blogged about two of your quotes here (http://www.upcyclededucation.com/2013/08/focus.html) and here (http://www.upcyclededucation.com/2013/07/love-this-quote.html). I think your book and the exercises are extremely powerful.

      All the best and thank you,

      Jen

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