Resolution & Happy Things Jar

I know I’m a few days late here, but I’m finally going to write about my New Year’s Resolution. I know that New Year’s Resolutions get a lot of negative press, but I personally think that they are fantastic. Each year, I try to think of a goal that is small and achievable and will make my life just a little less better, stress-free and well-rounded.

I constantly want to lose weight, eat more mindfully, sleep more and stress less… so I won’t be listing any of those things as my resolution for 2013. What I have chosen to focus on really isn’t a big deal at all, but it’s something that I’ve been wanting to commit to and have been too lazy to do. I bet you’re all on pins and needles right now wondering what that is! My resolution for 2013 is to read more books.

Yeah, I know. It sounds kind of silly. But, it’s a pretty big deal to me! I tend to get really lazy after dinner and sit in front of the tv (usually with either my iPhone and/or iPad in hand as well). It’s a bad habit that Greg and I have together. I got better about it for a little while, but then slipped back into my old ways last month. So, I’m swapping some of the digital entertainment in my life (tv, phone, computer, etc.) for good old-fashioned books.

You see, I grew up a voracious reader. I would stay up all night to finish a book. I couldn’t get enough! I never had a television or phone in my room when I was growing up, so books were my entertainment. After college, I got my own place and put a tv in my bedroom. And the reading of books slowly became fewer and farther between. Pretty soon, I wasn’t reading at all.

I got a few books for Christmas from my mom and bought one for myself as well.

I’m not ashamed to admit- I love reading weight loss books. Not because I want to try every diet out there, but I just find the content interesting. And if I can learn just one useful fact to apply to my own life from a book, it’s well worth it. I’ve been wanting to read The Skinny Rules for quite some time now, and well, you know that Bob and I are basically BFF’s anyway.

Weight Loss Boss was written by the founder/CEO of Weight Watchers. I hadn’t heard of it before, but my mom raves about it. Bossypants and Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea are written by two of my favorite funny ladies. A few friends recommended these books since I loved Mindy Kalig’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me so much.

However, Terra is the book that I’m most excited about!

I arrived at my house (via on Wednesday, and I dug into it that night. I’m already several chapters in and have a hard time putting it down! And, one other minor detail I should mention: it’s written by my very talented and lovely friend Gretchen.

I’m off to a great start with my resolution- and am determined to not get lazy about it!


Another New Year’s Resolution-related idea that I am partaking in sparked from a friend’s post on Facebook via this blog. I couldn’t find the original post about it, but I’m going to call it my Happy Things Jar.

The idea is to (starting January 1st) write down any happy thoughts/good things that happen on a piece of paper and place them in a jar. On December 31st, open up all the notes and look back at all of the wonderful things that happened throughout the year.

My happy thought for yesterday:

That thought was something small that just made my morning a little happier. I love the idea of collecting little happy thoughts because it’s so simple and will be fun to reflect upon at the end of the year. :)

Have a great weekend!

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?



  1. I love the jar idea!
    Have you signed up on Goodreads? It’s a great way for tracking your reading progress and connecting with fellow readers. I consider it Facebook for book lovers.

  2. Have you read Gone Girl? I just finished that a couple weeks ago and it was good, though messed up!

    My main resolution is to dress better.

    • Lol… that should be my resolution too. I have the WORST style (if it buttons or zips, I don’t know what to do with it!)

  3. During the semester, I usually have to read 3+ books a week, so the last thing I want to do when I get some down time is read…But I definitely look forward to some pleasure reading over the breaks!! If you like Fey and Kaling, you should check out How to Be a Woman–very smart and funny, I loved it!
    Thats such a happy jar thought! Even though Joe doesnt really love it, I always remind him how many thankless jobs there are out there, and being a trainer definitely isnt one of them! People are often so openly appreciative of their trainers, and that in itself is worth a lot :-)

    • I will check that book out!
      And I will tell you- I feel more appreciated in my few months as a personal trainer than I did in all my years as a teacher! Even just teaching group exercise- I get validation and gratitude every single day. I love it!

  4. I like the cover of that book – I’ll have to check it out (yes, I sometimes judge a book by its cover). That’s a great goal for the year! I listen to a ton of books on audio when I run, that’s the way I read most often now, but I still read the occasional book the old fashioned way (but on a Kindle).

    And don’t worry about being late, I just shared mine today too. We were just contemplating our options. :)

  5. Thanks for the love, my love! I am thrilled you’re enjoying the book so far — can’t wait to hear what you think, eeeee!! And I second the Goodreads recommendation — I’ve been able to track my to-read list so well on there (it’s soooo long now though, haha) and it’s a really fun way to connect with some awesome book reviewers too that have similar tastes as yours. Social networking + books = winning!!

  6. Reading more is a great goal! Have you ever read the Happiness Project or Happier at Home. I haven’t read the first one yet, but I really liked Happier at Home!

  7. I LOVE your resolution and it’s honestly one of my goals for the new year as well. I got a few books for Christmas, was recommended a few more books, have other books on my list of things I want to read and yet I’ve been pretty terrible about reading lately. Working to fix that slowly but surely. :)

  8. The ‘happy things’ jar is a great idea and I second Gil’s comment regarding How to be a Woman. It’s written by a UK newspaper columnist, Caitlin Moran and is laugh out loud funny, smart and sassy … enjoy!

  9. I do have goals for 2013, and reading a little bit each day is one of them. I do something similar to the jar…I do daily thanks that I put up on Twitter and Facebook, and have a note going in Facebook so the whole year’s worth of thanks is in one place!

  10. I want to read more too. That was my goal last year… and I read more… but such a small amount it’s still embarrassing.

  11. I, too, am anxious to read Weight Loss Boss and The Skinny Rules – definitely on my list post-baby! I also saw that jar on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea, and then forgot about it until now! Best wishes for a healthy, happy and productive 2013 Lauren!

  12. LOVE the happy jar!

    I too looooovveee reading. I’ve read tons lately–and can’t wait to get back into it!

    I enjoy fun novels, informational books, & historical fiction! I like Divergent, Happiness Project, and anything Emily Giffin!

  13. I never made NYR, but last year I did it for the 1st time..and one of the resolutions was also to READ MORE BOOKS…but I failed :( so, I will try to accomplish this, this year though. BTW, let us know about the Skinny Rules book, after you read it.
    I just started my blog on Jan 1st (!!) and I’m excited about it. It’s not a resolution of course, but it’s something new for me that I really look forward to doing it!
    Wow, I LOVE this Happy Jar idea!! I might do the same in my house! Very nice compliment you got from your client yesterday. To me, those little things make my DAY!!!!

    To a great 2013!

  14. What a great resolution!! I need to read more too. One of my biggest goals is to reduce stress!

  15. I love the Chelsea Handler books! And I thought Bossypants was really good, too. I just got Terra recently and I can’t wait to start reading it — I’ve heard so many awesome things about it from other bloggers already. I don’t think I’ve ever read a weight-loss book, but I’m a huge Bob fan, so I might have to check that one out :)

    • Yay! So glad you also got Terra! We’ll have to compare notes. :)
      My favorite “weight loss” books are Jackie Warner’s “This is why you’re fat” and Jillian’s “Master Your Metabolism”… and all of Bob Greene’s books.

  16. I’m also reading too! Mark got me a Kindle Fire for Christmas, and I’ve been reading like a madwoman. :) And I gotta pick up that book. I saw Gretchen wrote a book, but I figured it was the typical book that typical bloggers write (collection of recipes, etc.) not a real full-fledged novel. So cool.

  17. I have read 2 of the 5 books-Chelsea’s and Tina’s, and enjoyed them both! Happy reading and happy 2013!!

  18. Hi Lauren,
    I love this post! I realize I don’t read as much as I would like to and my boyfriend is a non-read for fun guy. I used to read while he was watching tv but then I started watching tv instead of reading. My goal is to read a book a month!

    The jar of good things is wonderful. I have been e-mailing a friend every Tuesday of the 5 things I am grateful for in my life. It’s been very rewarding. I think I should put this jar at work to get others to add to the positivity!

    By the way, I have been drinking tea like crazy since the food penpals. I love what you’ve been doing with your blog and can’t wait to see what you do in 2013.


    • I love that you are emailing your friend- that is so great!
      And I think a book a month is a TOTALLY do-able, wonderful goal. I think I might steal that! Less pressure too. :) My husband has pretty much the exact same opinion of books that I do- and he’ll never initiate “reading time.” But if I’m in bed reading rather than watching tv, he’ll follow suit.

  19. I always tend to over-resolute myself come the new year so I opted to be a bit of a rebel this year, BUT I’ve been wanting to read more books for so long now and I’m super happy to report that since Christmas, I’ve read TWO books (ok, so they were kinda small, but STILL!) and I’m 1/3 of the way through my third one now! :D <- that's me totally cheesin'! Lol

    You just reminded me that I want to do a memory jar too! I saw it on Katie's blog last week and said I was going to do it and totally forgot! I have the worst memory in the world and I also have a habit of taking the little things for granted so this is perfect for me. And really, what's better reliving all those happy moments at the end of the year? So excited!

  20. Yes to reading! I also grew up an incredibly voracious reader, and, thankfully, it is still something I try to keep up with. [Although I must admit it is hard to 'find the time' when there is blogging to work on or TV and movies to watch.] Actually, I find that when I really make an effort to get in bed earlier and spend some time reading every night I just feel better mentally. When my books come in off the hold list at the library it is like CHRISTMAS. :)

    That happy jar reminds me of the ‘happy thoughts’ box I had my first year of teaching. I used to have the kids write down when someone did something nice for them or they enjoyed an activity and we would read them periodically.


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