Friday, June 26, 2009

Book Review ~ Hell Yes! Two Little Words for a Simpler, Happier Life by Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin

The idea behind this book is that we all do too much. We take on extra projects at work that aren't a good use of our time because we want to be seen as team players. We end up on PTA committees, serving as assistant coaches with Little League, organizing our third cousin's bridal shower, volunteer, chaperon the middle school dance, chauffeur our kids to sports (and dance/music/tutoring/second language/etc. lessons), attending pointless meetings at work because someone in another department asked for our input ... and so on and so on and so on

Individually, these are all great things to do, but collectively, they can overload our lives. And, especially for parents, who have to place a priority on their children's needs, it's easy for their own needs to get lost in the shuffle.

The basic premise of Hell Yes!: Two Little Words for a Simpler, Happier Life, is that when something comes, ask if it's a “Hell Yes.” If it is, do it! If it's not, it's a “Hell No!” This one simple question cuts to the heart of the matter, allowing you to focus on what's most important to you and your family, and compels you to say no to things that fall in the gray area, where you aren't excited about them, but they aren't heinous to you either.

When I first read about the book, I thought it seemed like a great idea but would be just another how to book. When I received the book, I realized I was wrong. It is such a fun book, you can't help but get in the Hell Yes spirit. It almost reminds me of a picture book for adults. It is a small little book with great images. Each page has only one sentence on it. It is a quick easy read that is motivational!

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