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Book Club 8: Better Than Before

This episode we discuss Gretchen Rubin's popular book Better Than Before! The book anchors on the four habit tendencies Gretchen lays out. Erica is a REBEL with a minor in OBLIGER. Kelsey is an UPHOLDER with a minor in QUESTIONER – we have all four tendencies represented! We both suspect our husbands are Questioners – interesting!

Pumpkin Pie Bourbon and Pear Cocktail
adapted from Honestly Yum
  • MAKE AHEAD: To make pumpkin pie spiced bourbon, add 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice for each cup of bourbon and let sit overnight.
  • Pear syrup: roughly chop one ripe pear and heat in a small pan with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and one teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Then strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer.
  • For each cocktail: Combine equal parts pumpkin pie spice syrup and pear syrup (about 1 1/2 ounces each) with 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice. Pour over ice in cocktail glass and top with sparkling water of club soda.

We discussed what we liked and didn't like about the book, and habits we’re cultivating in our lives and talk about whether any of the tactics mentioned are things we use or are going to use after reading this.


3 responses to “Book Club 8: Better Than Before”

  1. My absolutely favorite part of this episode was where Kelsey talks about getting gas on Monday mornings! This is SO great and I am absolutely doing this! Running out of gas is something I stress out about all the time. I used to always fill up my car when it hit the quarter mark on the gas tank, but now in my Honda minivan there is NO quarter tank mark! I can’t tell you how much this has thrown me off and how I was ready to get out a sharpie and draw in a quarter tank mark. I am now going to fill up my car at the same time every week! Having a full tank of gas is happiness boost for me (GR terminology), so starting a new habit and getting a weekly happiness boost is a win/win!

  2. Oh my gosh, and it makes ME so happy to think of this little habit bringing someone else happiness. And yes – just what you said, running low on gas was this unknown, and would happen always at inconvenient times. The consistent fill up is simple but makes a big difference, I should send that to Gretchen as a try this at home!

  3. Yes! You totally should! =)

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