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Bucket of Awesome: The Your-Life s-More-Amazing-Than-You-Realize Guidebook Paperback – March 7, 2017
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About the Author
Kathryn Thompson is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom who lives outside Seattle with her computer-genius husband and three frequently delightful kids. Her blog, DaringYoungMom.com, has been featured everywhere from The Today Show to the Seattle Times, and she was a founding blogger at The Parenting Post, an award-winning blog run by Parenting Magazine.
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I met the author a while back when she was talking about her first book, "Drops of Awesome" at our local library, and I really liked her habit of writing down the daily little moments that she succeeded in being Awesome. I've kept a gratitude journal for a long time, but it hadn't occurred to me that it was OK to recognize and take note of the good - and sometimes Awesome - things that I do. Finding the owner of a lost cell phone counts. So does putting away almost all the dry dishes before doing another sink full.
"Bucket of Awesome" continues the theme of recognizing and taking note of the awesome arch of our lives. As the author says, we all have a story, and parts of it are not pretty. We can focus on the hard times and all the things that didn't go as planned. Or we can reframe how we see our lives by focusing on the good, the great, and the awesome. We can choose which version to tell!
Using a journaling format, the author asks questions about each phase of life - what was good, who was supportive, what was enjoyable, what favorite things were important. She devotes a chapter to the hard times as well but asks us to think about how those times shaped us and made us who we are today. I think it's a very healthy way to look at life.
Like her previous books, this one would make a great gift. Writing down our life story can be a powerful thing, and the people in our lives really do want to know our stories.
I know that the personal histories I have read from grandparents that have since passed, are treasures to me, and those have usually only been a few pages of their memories. This book gives a lot of writing prompts that will help people get started on writing down their memories, and I love the idea of being able to write things down that I hope that my children and their children will treasure later on.
As with Kathryn's previous books, there is a encouragement, wit, and humor. This isn't a book to buy and just leave on your shelf. Use it! Not only will you be creating a treasure for future generations, but you will be changing the way you look at your own life.
I hope the latter, and this book is your chance to help tell that story. I love to talk about myself, and admit it; you do too. Here's your chance. Write yourself down on paper, and remember all your drops of awesome.