Hello, Habits by Fumio Sasaki

Hello, Habits: A Minimalist's Guide to a Better Life: Sasaki, Fumio:  9781324005582: Amazon.com: Books

I purchased this book on a whim while in Powell’s Books, Portland, with my family- I needed something to read on the plane ride back, and the cover had caught my eye. I don’t usually read self-help type books, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. 50 steps seemed excessive and even scary at the time, but when I started reading, I found that each one was small, simple, and easy to implement. The addition of stories, anecdotes, and illustrations throughout the chapters kept me engaged and interested as well. After applying some concepts found in the book, I can definitively say that I’ve improved my life.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who (like me) has issues with procrastination, laziness, and otherwise bad habits. You won’t regret it! In addition, it’s a great book to help you get started on all those New Year’s resolutions 🙂

-Vaidehi B.

Hello, Habits by Fumio Sasaki is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded for free from Overdrive.

New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, I’m afraid it’s that time of year again. “New year, new you” as they say. There is a constant battle about resolutions that still hover over you as those final ten seconds of the year tick away. Many have mixed feelings about setting new resolutions because they feel pressured over what they should be, whether it’s as simple as being nicer or something a harder like losing weight. In my opinion, New Year’s resolutions are a good thing. You’re setting goals for yourself and pursuing what you want. Even if some seem hard at first, you shouldn’t give up. Remember that you have a whole year! Take it one small step at a time to get where you want to be.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can procrastinate. Believe me, I love to wait until the last minute to do things, but that doesn’t help me at all. You should plan it out, making sure that by the end of the year, you’ve completed what you wanted. Also, don’t set a goal that’s going to be impossibly hard to achieve. However, it shouldn’t be too easy, just enough to push yourself.

If you are happy with where you are and what you’re doing, that’s awesome! If resolutions stress you out, don’t worry about. Just make sure that you’re doing what you really love. Happy New Year’s, everyone! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a little and live the way you want.

-Sabrina C., 10th Grade