Happier At Home


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I love books. I’ve always loved books. When I was a kid, my parents got rid of our television and gave me a jar filled with coins that I could use at our local used book store. So I read. And I read. And I read. I read anything I could get my hands on. I celebrated and mourned with the beloved characters in my favorite novels. My summers were spent with Laura Ingalls, the Boxcar Children and Anne of Green Gables. With no siblings, these stories were precious companions to my childhood.
Flash forward to adulthood, and I’m lucky if I can sneak in a handful of books each year. As a mom of two busy boys, it feels like I’m on the run all.the.time. Between pick-ups and drop-offs, practices and therapies, I spend an enormous amount of time in the car…listening to kids movies playing in the background. It can become a bit unbearable, lol. A few months ago I found myself longing to get lost in a story but the logistics of sitting down with a book weren’t working out how I hoped. My dear friend, Brooke, mentioned Audible.com.
“Wait, so I can listen to the books I’m interested in directly from my phone?”
“While I’m driving even?”
“Good books? Like, actual books from the best seller list?”

I could hardly believe I hadn’t discovered this solution to my longing for literature sooner. I immediately downloaded my 30 day free trial and picked out my first free book. Several books later and I’m hooked. I listen while I drive. I listen while I cook. While I fold laundry. While I’m laying in bed at night trying to decompress. I can literally take my stories anywhere with me. I even keep a notebook in my purse for moments when I want to pause the audio and write down the things that jump out at me. I can’t get enough.

My latest listen is Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin. Talk about an eye opening book. Lately, I’ve been sharing my desire to make our home a sanctuary for our children. A safe place to come to. A haven that reflects our personal style and our interests. Happier At Home has given me so many tools and insights about how to make my hopes a reality. A few powerful quotes from the book that I jotted in my notebook while listening so I could share them with you:

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Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. I just found audible as well. As amom that is also busy with boys. I love it!! I love reading but hardly have the time. I mainly listen in the car to and from work or while I’m doing chores. It’s taken place of the repetitive music I use to listen to.

  2. Another one I like too is the app Overdrive. You enter your library card information and have access to ebooks and audiobooks. It works like a library too that you may have to wait on hold for a copy but it’s totally free. I sometimes have a hard time getting into audiobooks so I like the option for the ebooks, basically a Kindle version of a book but it goes everywhere with me on my phone. And Gretchen Rubin is a fav of mine too! Happier at Home is one of those books I could listen to every year and take away something new.

  3. I love Audible! Now that I work in an actual office I have a 45m in commute. I’ve taken to listening to books and in less than 3 months I’ve already “read” 6-7 books! That’s more than Ive read in the last 2 years.

  4. Angela,

    I was trying to find ways to start growing my Etsy site and found you on you tube. You are the bomb diggity and my new hero. I have been thinking all the things you thought, but went for it! I am a “fractued, but gifted artist. I enjoy so much and I have been concerned about having so many different things I love and make. I will follow your lead and take it one step at a time…while I working two jobs and spending every other minute in the studio!

    Thank you so much!

    Cheers!

    Kim Hurley
    Jamestown, North Carolina

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