After reading several posts about this wonderful night, I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring too……….
Remember the blogger dinner I attended this past spring? One of the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of meeting that night was Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”. I didn’t know Gretchen or her book before that evening, but as I rarely get to meet a “real” author, I try to make a point of reading his or her book when I do.
I typically shy away from books that “preach” self-improvement – because they are usually so…preachy. But Gretchen was so warm and engaging that I had a good feeling that this book would be different.
And what a fabulous book it is. Gretchen chronicles the year she spent on figuring out what it means to be truly happy. I loved it, and keep it by my bedside for an as-needed dose of inspiration.
So you could imagine how honored (and excited!) I was to be invited to the launch party for Gretchen’s new book, “Happier at Home”.
The party was held on a gorgeous rooftop terrace in New York City, hosted by Isabel Kallman and the Go Mighty team. I got to take pictures of the event, which was equal parts terrifying and wonderful. Terrifying because, well, I’m not a “real” photographer, and was totally panicked about doing a good job.
And wonderful because, well, a) how flattering, right?, and b) the camera turned out to be the perfect accessory to help this terribly shy, socially awkward gal mingle in a situation where she was plopped into a room full of smart, funny, gorgeous and accomplished women.
So instead of standing in the corner trying to figure out how I was going to introduce myself to Liz Lange (Liz Lange you guys!!) I asked to take her picture and THEN gushed incessantly about the-awful-maternity-clothes-22-years-ago-with-Chelsea-versus-4-years-ago-with-Noah-thanks-to-her-blah-blah-blah (I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of her evening…).
And instead of openly gawking at Heather Spohr (one of my favorite bloggers EVER) until walking away saying absolutely nothing, I asked her to take a “happy” picture, and THEN told her how much I admired her writing, and how it was one of the earliest inspirations for my own blog. It was beyond thrilling.
And because the theme of the evening was (you guessed it) “Happy”, it got me to thinking about how I was feeling in that moment. I was happy.
Happy to be in such a gorgeous setting on a perfect summer evening in New York.
Happy to be included in a group of women that I admire so.
Happy to see many familiar faces – some that I had met before and others that I finally got to meet in real life for the first time.
Happy for doughnuts.
And definitely happy to have a copy of Gretchen’s new book to give away to one of my lucky readers!
Simply leave a comment below, telling me what makes you happiest at home. Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Sunday, August 19th at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Monday, August 20th.
I’ll start things off: I’m happiest at home when I’m sitting in my backyard on a quiet Sunday morning, papers, iced coffee and everyone else still sound asleep.
Good luck! Update: Lacy S. is the lucky winner! Thanks for participating!
If you’d like to read more about this wonderful evening:
Check out Laura Mayes’ post about all of the delicious food and drinks served.
Or Amber Doty’s, about the fabulous gifts that were generously donated.
And Sarah’s reflections on the happy people in attendance.
For more pictures, check out my friend Leslie’s post – and drool over her amazing photos.