For the last year and a bit I have been living by the rules of a different book each month to see if they can help my life.
This is the story so far.
JANUARY 2014 – FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY BY SUSAN JEFFERS
This meant doing something scary every day including:
Getting naked in public
Stand up comedy
Chatting up strangers on the tube
Jumping out of a plane
FEBRUARY 2014– MONEY A LOVE STORY BY KATE NORTHRUP
This basically involved me looking at bank statements and crying when I realised that I was over 12K in debt. Not fun.
It also meant me realising that I could blame everything on my parents – hurrah!
MARCH 2014 – THE SECRET BY RHONDA BYRNE
A controversial book which tells you that you can have anything you want in life if you just believe. I found it hard to believe. I did, however, do vision boards, took a Mercedes out for a spin and did NAKED YOGA!! No, I’m not really sure what the naked yoga had to do with anything either. Oh and the 100,000 Pound cheque I wrote myself still hasn’t resulted in actual real life money.
APRIL/MAY 2014 – REJECTION THERAPY
The aim of the game is to GET REJECTED ONCE A DAY in order to get more resilient to rejection but also to realise that we don’t get rejected half as much as we think we’re going to. This was definitely my experience, especially when asking strangers if I could play tennis with them and chatting up strangers in coffee shop. Well, not many stranger. Just one good looking stranger, aka The Greek.
JUNE 2014 – F**K IT THERAPY BY JOHN C PARKIN
Swearing my way to enlightenment and saying F**K It to a book deal
JULY 2014- ANGEL THERAPY BY DOREEN VIRTUE
A real struggle. Apparently there are angels all around us and we can talk to them. Alarmingly my angel looked like Bob the Builder.
SEPTEMBER 2014 – DARING GREATLY BY BRENE BROWN
Gorgeous, wise and hard to live and breath. Brene Brown argues that the only way to be happy is to show our real, messy, uncool selves to the world. So I did. I then got a Brazilian book deal!!
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014 – THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE BY STEPHEN COVEY
I managed to get to habit 2 and a half before caving. Very telling.
DECEMBER 2015 – BREAKDOWN
Self-help has driven me crazy. I check into Dublin to have a mini breakdown. No blogging, no self-help…
JANUARY 2015 – THE POWER OF NOW BY ECKHART TOLLE
I’m behind schedule but determined to carry on. I start off the year with the zen, wonderful and impenetrable Power of Now. I only understand half of it – but what I do understand, I LOVE. A game changer.
FEBRUARY 2015 – GET THE GUY BY MATTHEW HUSSEY
From the sublime to the ridiculous, one minute I’m contemplating the beauty of the universe, the next I’m chatting up guys at the supermarket. Oh well…