Monday, April 11, 2011

No Complaints Here :)

My local "Borders" bookstore is going out of business. Normally, I would be complaining about this. However, I am not complaining for two reasons:

1- Everything is at least 30% off- so I bought my very first cookbook and will now be attempting to explore cooking (posts on THAT to come later!)

2- I stumbled upon and thumbed through this incredibly inspiring book:
Buy the book here
 The premise behind this book is that we spend too much of our time and energy focusing on the negative: complaining, criticizing and gossiping. Mr. Bowen's big message is, "Our thoughts create our lives and our words dictate what we are thinking."
So by taking complaints, criticism and gossip out of the equation we talk more about things we do want in life instead of the things we don't want. It seems like a happier and more productive way to live!

Although it is a fabulously simple and inspiring idea, it wasn't actually something Mr. Bowen said that truly struck a chord with me, but rather a quote he included from philosopher Earl Nightingale:
"We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it"

WOW! This really resonates with me, I love it! So, with that said...I have decided to take Mr. Bowen's challenge: 21 days without complaining, criticizing or gossiping.

Here's how it works:
  • Take a bracelet, rubberband etc (Official bracelets are available for purchase here but you can easily use something you have already and save some $) and do your best not to complain, criticize or gossip.
  • WHEN you c,c or g (because you will, he estimates 4-8 months on average before you can successfully go 21 days without it) move the bracelet to your other wrist and start over immediately on your 21 day journey.
That's it! Easy, right? Hahaha yeah right! We'll see :) I am taking this journey starting now! Let me know if you take it too and how it works out for you!

xo C


  1. This is great, I'm totally doing this with you! I could use a little less negativity and a little more positive energy! Does discussing the "Real Housewives" count as gossip?

  2. Haha. Possibly. I think just watching the "Real Housewives" counts as gossip! ;) Let me know how it goes I've just been doing it since yesterday and have already had to switch my bracelet 20+ times!


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