May 9th, 2010

Happiness

Courtesy of Vogue Magazine

Happiness is in the air and the bookstores. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is on everyone’s bedside table and on my Kindle.

I am generally a happy person. Admittedly, my life is charmed and I lack little but I do suffer from the grass is greener syndrome and I am very goal oriented which keeps me wanting.

Four years ago I retuned from a business trip to Qatar and decided I was done with casting. I could no longer drum up any excitement for my work and I wanted to spend all my time with my children. This decision rippled through our family life and led to many more changes than just letting the full-time nanny go. Ultimately, we decided to move out of the city to be near the barn so our daughter could really ride.

The move was to be a two year trial to be reevaluated when our older daughter was off to boarding school. And here we are, two years out and happy with our move. But am I really happy? Yes and no.

I struggle with being happy in the here and now. I am constantly planning, making endless lists and trying to craft the future. With each goal attained I am truly thrilled but quickly move on to the next item on my list. So when I read a review of Dominique Browning’s new book Slow Love, I decided it is time to stop and smell the roses, read these books and take stock. I will let you know.

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