Wednesday, November 7, 2012

find your pockets of happiness

Last year I wrote an ebook. Pockets of Happiness.
In this ebook I share my secrets to how I find happiness with a large family.

You can read more about it and view the contents page HERE.

I wrote it to help other women, especially mother's.
If you are wondering if you should get yourself a copy read this:


Dear Naomi,
Well,  I just finished reading Pockets of Happiness and I must say I'm not happy.
You’re book has highlighted why I’m not happy.
I’m not happy because I have put everyone’s needs before my own. It’s highlighted to me that I have lost ‘my’ way by becoming mother, wife, carer, cook, chauffeur, teacher, cleaner, nurse, counsellor, and all the other names that come before me and my interests.
It’s really highlighted to me that I have lost my own identity in the interest of the others and their needs. You asked what was it that made you feel really happy. I relish in the successes of joys of my boys (hubby and two sons) but it actually had me run through emotions while I was trying to remember what I did for me that made just ME happy.
I felt silly when trying to remember, like I’d forgotten someone’s name. Then I felt desperate because I couldn’t remember what I did before kids for my own entertainment. Then I felt upset because I realised how long it’s been since I’d done something completely just for me without any guilt and that’s when I got angry. A simple thing that has stuck in my mind to show how little time I get for myself is I’m forever borrowing books from the library with the obvious intent of reading them, to only return them a few weeks later, covers never even lifted.
The more I read your book – the angrier I got.  I can list 10 things off to the top of my head that I have pushed to the side with an excuse of ‘I don’t have time’, ‘the day’s already busy enough’ and the dreaded mother guilt for doing something SOLELY for myself. I’m sure you have dealt with it within you own family. Something is always calling for your attention. If it’s not the kids, it’s the pets, if it’s not them then it’s the dishwasher dinging to say its done.
I have this constant pull of everything else but this is where I’m making a change to include the things that I want to do.
I have made a list of two things – small yes, but HUGE in the reclaiming of Karen World.
I love to write and photography. I wrote professionally for several years and even won industry awards for my photography. Having kids really pulled the brakes on those two passions – however I have two great subjects to get my skills back up again.
I know it’s a step in the right direction and for that I am happy.
I have you to thank for highlighting my unhappiness and turning it around.
So thank you Naomi! Thank you for helping me find myself again.
Wishing you BUCKETLOADS of happiness in everything that you do – even if it is something for yourself!
Karen

Get yourself a copy and fill your bucket.
At only $4.95 it could help you feel like Karen.
A new woman!

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