Here’s a confession time for you- I really stink at reading books from cover to cover. I’m more of a skimmer of books really. As a blogger, many people want me to review their books and share them with my audience.
I’m more then happy to do that, because I know that what they have to say is very valuable. I do struggle to read a book in full. I find myself skipping around to the parts that I find most beneficial.
Let me tell you a little something about how I view Crystal- she’s the freaking best! She’s my girl. I have followed her for like 8 years and literally read every post and email she writes. When I was on the book launch team for her book, I spent a lot of time jumping around her book to the parts that I found were most beneficial to me where I was in my business stage.
The One Book I’m Reading in Full This Year
Crystal received an advanced, advanced copy of the book, The Happiness Dare, by Jennifer Dukes Lee. I really loved listening to Crystal do book club scopes on this book. When I found out that Jennifer was looking for a launch team, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
To be honest, I figured I would skim through the book like I normally do. Afterall, I listened to Crystal talk about it for weeks. I felt like I pretty much knew enough about the book that I would just skim through like I normally do with books.
I’ve been really surprised that I am not able to stop reading. Actually, I read the first chapter two times already. She has had so many things to say that I’ve really related with.
I’ve Been Scared to Post on Social Media
If you follow me on my Facebook page for Love Hope Adventure, you will see a mix of marriage articles, inspirational quotes, and Facebook LIVE videos. What you won’t see much of is personal posts from me. Why? Not because I don’t want you guys to know about me, but because I have no clue what to post on social media anymore
You see, there was this time when I was very unhappy in my life. We were going through some rough financial stuff and didn’t have the extra in our budget to do things. There was a particular summer where I was feeling it, because we weren’t going to be able to go on a vacation.
I know that going on vacation is a very privileged thing, but when we go on vacations, it is usually to see friends and family. So, that summer, we weren’t going to be able to do some of the visiting I wanted to do. Not only that, I felt like we were completely grounded every day so we didn’t spend anymore on gas than what was necessary.
Each and every day I would log onto Facebook and at least 10 of my friends were out and about doing something completely spectacular. It was so hard on me to watch everyone else having fun and being happy while I felt miserable. After that summer, I haven’t wanted to make anyone else feel that way.
Jennifer Is Challenging Me
Here’s where Jennifer says we have to get brave about happiness. She says that we have to take this dare to pursue it. We have to be willing to be happy, even though we know there are going to be some people that can’t rejoice with us….or even cause them pain.
This is not to say that she is suggesting we gloat in the slightest, but that we have to dare to pursue happiness for the sake of the betterment of the world.
Here’s a quote from the first chapter that really meant a lot to me.
Dare takers are world changers. No matter how happy or unhappy we are in this moment, our multiplied happiness matters more than we can imagine. Our world needs a huge happiness upgrade. Amen? Everywhere we look, we see people malnourished in happiness— sometimes in our own bathroom mirrors. We’ve lost the buoyancy of spirit that Charles Spurgeon spoke of in the nineteenth century: “Those who are ‘beloved of the Lord’ must be the most happy and joyful people to be found anywhere upon the face of the earth!” If ever we needed happy people down here, it is now. – Jennifer Dukes Lee