Pigeon of Discontent:”I Don’t Know How I Want My Home To Look.”

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year—and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge—welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “I don’t know how I want my home I look.”

I Don’t Know How I Want My Home To Look.

 

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

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How about you? Have you found ways to figure out how you want your home to look, if you’re not a person who naturally has a strong sense of that?

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

If you’re new, jump in right now, sign up here. Studies suggest that by taking action, like signing up for this challenge, will help you keep your resolutions. For the 2012 Challenge, each week I’ll post a video for you to consider, and you can check out the archives of videos here.

  • Gretchen, I wanted to look at the comments about your recommendation of the book A Pattern Language.  It seems to me more about building houses and I need to live in my house that is already built.  I wanted to see if anyone thought the book was actually relevant to what a person could easily change within their own home.  But there are no comments…  Has your new look erased all your previous comments? 

    • gretchenrubin

      We were having some problems with that…hang in there!

      I do think that Pattern Language is more about architectural design, not so much about what to do with your house once it has been built. For that, check out “The Perfectly Imperfect Home” by Deborah Needleman. It’s about how to work with what you’ve got.

  • Gretchen, I wanted to look at the comments about your recommendation of the book A Pattern Language.  It seems to me more about building houses and I need to live in my house that is already built.  I wanted to see if anyone thought the book was actually relevant to what a person could easily change within their own home.  But there are no comments…  Has your new look erased all your previous comments? 

    • gretchenrubin

      We were having some problems with that…hang in there!

      I do think that Pattern Language is more about architectural design, not so much about what to do with your house once it has been built. For that, check out “The Perfectly Imperfect Home” by Deborah Needleman. It’s about how to work with what you’ve got.

      • Thanks, Gretchen.  I’ll go look that one up.   The title sounds very apt! 

  • Lee-Anne

    Hi Gretchen, I wanted to thank you for recommending A Pattern Language. It was such an interesting read and has given me a much better idea of the kind of home I want to have. I know I’m going to come back to that book time and time again for many years to come! All the best!

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked the book. It’s so thought-provoking. I wish they’d do another edition with a lot more photo illustrations.