#11 of All the Things


Do you suffer from a mental illness? Do you know somebody that does?  Chances are you do.  If you want to read “A funny book about horrible things” then Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is for you.

I have both read and listened to this book on Audible, multiple times, but listening to it is the way I enjoyed it most. Because Jenny the narrator, is so good at “pretending that she’s good at it” that she became great at it! Plus, there is a bonus chapter at the end of the audiobook.  The book itself does have photos in in that are really  good, too.  Maybe check out one version from the library?


Jenny is not afraid of profanity so beware if you listen to it when kids are around.  You might not like it if bad words offend you or phrases like lady garden, voodoo vagina, or ass clinic don’t make you giggle.  Personally, I think it’s all hilarious but I respect that some might not enjoy that kind of thing. Also, watch out if you are offended by outrageous conversations between God, Adam, and the snake (who’s name is Jefferson by-the-way).  If you are dead set on your belief that anti-depressants are a sham thrust on us from pharmaceutical companies, then you might like the book, but maybe you should give it a go anyway, because you probably need a little enlightenment and somebody else’s perspective.  If you have a great sense of humor and an open mind, or even better, a broken mind, then you will probably love this book like I do.

Furiously Happy makes me feel, well, furiously happy.  I feel so understood, like I’m not the only one and I also have more empathy for others who suffer in different ways than I do. It’s so funny, I’ve actually read pages out loud at my grown up game nights and had everybody laughing.

“I poked it gently with a pool noodle while saying, “Hey, possum.  Are you dead? Hello?” But it just lay there and I thought that it was either really, really talented or really, really dead, and it’s weird that those things are either/or.  Honestly, it could only have been better at playing possum if it’d had some intestines in its pockets and spread those around, because that’s how you know you’ve got a possum who is really committed to the role.”  Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy is about mental illness and the good and bad that comes with it.  Jenny truly has a gift of seeing things in a positive way.  Except for her physical and psychological struggles, the most amazing things happen to her and she knows how to tell a story. Even though her brain is broken, it’s an incredibly talented brain, funny, and filled with imagination. Her natural train of thought is fascinating.  And she’s so willing to be vulnerable in front of the world.  The last time I listened to it, I noticed that she is friends with Brené Brown.  I remembering hearing that part previously but it didn’t connect with me because I didn’t know who Brené Brown was but I do now and she’s amazing.  I’ll be writing about her, too.  In the mean time you can learn about her on a previous post because Brené was a guest on an amazing podcast called Magic Lessons.

“When we share our struggles we let others know it’s okay to share theirs.  And suddenly we realize that the things we were ashamed of are the same things everyone deals with at one time or another.  We are so much less alone than we think.”       Jenny Lawson

Here are some of the things I learned from Furiously Happy:

  • If her daughter Hailey ever writes a memoir, I’m preordering.
  • To take the good moments to the next level to make them amazing.
  • To never invite more than two kangaroos to my house at any one time.
  • That possums are real assholes.
  • About the kind of writer I want to be some day.  Both funny and honest about my own mental illness.
  • That a much lesser known love language is animal corpses.
  • #depressionlies
  • Sometimes drugs are the answer.
  • It’s a really good thing that cell phones were not a thing in Mary Poppins’ day.
  • That I am totally unprepared for a zombie apocalypse, I don’t even have any snow-globes.

Jenny’s first book, a memoir is fantastic, too.  Again, listen to it if you get the chance:


Coming on March 7th is a coloring book of her amazing doodles with inspirational quotes (I have three copies preordered and am so excited!):


Finally, you should check out Jenny as The Bloggess.  Her blog is the best blog I’ve come across and the reason I started to pay attention to blogs in the first place. I follow her on Twitter and get a notification every time she tweets (she’s the only person I do that with).  Plus, being part of the #bloggesstribe is both hilarious and comforting.

Click on the books on this blog to add them to your Goodreads list.  For more information see the What is Goodreads? post.

Until next time, I hope that you are furiously happy! Monday’s post is about an inspiring TED Talk that I totally connected with. It’s for anybody that has a variety of interests and has trouble choosing just one thing.

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#10 of All the Things


Colin O’Brady is a pro-endurance athlete. He broke the world record for the Explorer’s Grand Slam which means he summited the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and also trekked both the North and South Poles.  This challenge is usually done within a person’s lifetime but he completed it within 139 days! He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 11.5 hours.  Google told me it takes 5-9 days to do that and that only half of the people who have attempted have reached the summit.  But, let me say, if you’ve attempted but didn’t make it, you are still a winner in my book!  Good for you! Continue reading “#10 of All the Things”

#9 of All the Things

In honor of President’s Day I decided to tell you all about the show Drunk History with Derek Waters on Comedy Central.  It’s my new favorite way to learn history!

It’s a show where experts tell the real stories of what really happened in history while intoxicated. Actors act out the stories while lip-syncing all the crazy things the drunk historian says.

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#8 of All the Things

Do you feel a little bored, or like you’re not “living the dream” like you should be? Don’t get crazy and quit your job, that’s just reckless and more often than not, does more harm than good. Instead, try reading Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff.

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#7 of All the Things

Every day we ask each other “How are you?” Usually we respond with things like “fine” or “good.” But sometimes things aren’t fine or good at all. Have you ever really wanted to just say “terrible”  because sometimes things are terrible.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking is “The show where we ask people to give honest answers to the question ‘How are you?’”  It’s a show about the hard stuff and let’s face it there is a lot of hard stuff in this thing we call life. Continue reading “#7 of All the Things”

#5 of All the Things

Magic Lessons Podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert


When I write blog posts about a podcast, my goal is to give a general overview of the podcast with a focus on one episode.  For this post though, I am breaking my own rules because the whole season was so good.  

“What are Magic Lessons? They are road maps for the path to creativity, the extra nudge we need when we are feeling stuck in our creative lives.”

The Magic Lesson’s podcast is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book called Big Magic.  It’s inspiring and you should read it.  I also own it on Audible and it is a great listen (much like Eat, Pray, Love.)  I’ll blog about both in future posts. (Click on the books in the list to add them to your goodreads list.)  


In each segment of the podcast she talks to a real person about real problems they are facing in their creative lives. She gives them assignments to help them move to the next stage. Then, on the next episode, Elizabeth calls a knowledgeable friend (always someone famous and always someone awesome) and gets another perspective on the situation. Continue reading “#5 of All the Things”

#4 of All the Things

100 Days of Rejection

A TED Talk by  Jia Jiang  15:31 minutes



Jia Jiang is very clever, introspective, and courageous. He gave a hilarious TED Talk, What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection that I truly enjoyed.  I laughed a lot and I was moved to tears multiple times.  
Jia tells the story of one horrible moment of rejection he had as a kid and about one inspiring moment he had as a teenager.  He spoke of the ongoing battle throughout his life of the two versions of himself. One that wanted to achieve great things, and the other that lived in fear. He decided to conquer fear and came up with a plan of action. He would ask strangers for strange and wonderful things.  Luckily for us, he made a video blog of his adventures and the things he learned from the experiences. Continue reading “#4 of All the Things”

#3 of All the Things


The Stories Behind People’s Actions

One morning I got on the bus to head downtown and I passed a woman sitting on the outside spot of a row of two seats effectively blocking off the inside seat from anybody else sitting down. Sometimes these buses get pretty full and I was at first very annoyed with her. But then I stopped and thought that maybe there’s something else going on here. Maybe I’m wrong for judging this woman and I tried to think of it in a new way.  I thought maybe she was saving the seat for a friend. Maybe she is sick and doesn’t want to spread germs or she’s a germaphobe and was afraid of getting sick from somebody struck down by the plague. Maybe she has a social anxiety disorder that makes the possibility of small talk a certain kind of torture for her.

When we got downtown she got off on the very first stop and so I decided she didn’t want to have to say excuse me to a stranger because she has laryngitis, probably. Continue reading “#3 of All the Things”

#2 of All the Things

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott


 I listened to this book on Audible narrated by Susan Bennett. She did an excellent job at being the voice of the very witty and sarcastic, Anne Lamott.

It has adult language so it’s not a great choice while you are cleaning the kitchen if the kids are underfoot.  She talks mostly about writing and I learned so much, but I have to honestly say, even if I wasn’t interested in writing I would have still enjoyed this book. It’s half instruction on the art of writing, half memoir, and all hilarious. Continue reading “#2 of All the Things”