Love, Joy & High-Vibe Living: The happiness of pursuit

In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb

Here’s what I’m currently reading—

I love anything that combines inspiration with a kick in the pants, and The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life does just that.
Chris Guillebeau comes at the topic of quests honestly, having set a goal to visit every country by age 35. (Spoiler: He recently completed his quest.)

His ambitious yet somewhat arbitrary dream to see the world, one country at a time, was intriguing.

But this book goes far beyond Chris’ own story and 193 countries. The central message is a quest can improve your life.

Chris interviewed hundreds of other questers and distilled the why and how a quest brings purpose to your life—and transforms you by the time you reach the end.

If you’re looking for more meaning in your life, this book might just be the catalyst you need to start your own quest.

While Chris got stamp after stamp in his passport, I also enjoyed reading his other books, The $100 Startup and The Art of Non-Conformity.

What happens when your spouse pursues his or her passion, but you’re not entirely enamored with the way it changes your life and marriage?

That’s the crux of this memoir, Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage.

If you’re an entrepreneur or foodie, there’s lots to love here.

But I read this book through the lens of what it means to pursue your passion when you’re part of a couple.

What happens when one person’s passion takes on a life of its own and changes everything? When finding your purpose means renegotiating the “rules” of the relationship? When building a career might come at the expense of a marriage?

This book was recommended by a client currently undergoing her own life and marriage-altering reinvention. I appreciated the honest look at how pursuing a passion can sometimes be a messy business.

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