Local writer Rebecca Hill’s story “My Mondays” was published in the recent “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book “Your 10 Keys to Happiness”.
“It explores how important it is for each of us to find time to connect with activities that we really enjoy doing,” Hill said of her story.
A book signing will take place on June 25 at Be Kind Coffee in Clemmons.
In a press release, Amy Newmark, editor and publisher of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” said, “Happiness is not an elusive lottery ticket for only a lucky few. It’s a jackpot to everyone’s reach, and earning it is no mystery. I’ve read tens of thousands of real, insightful stories from our contributors, and developed an understanding of what motivates people…and what makes them happy.
Newmark chose 101 stories from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” story library that exemplify the 10 keys to happiness that work best for writers. “I’ve tried them in my own life and can say I’m a happier, more grateful, more grounded and relaxed person.”
People also read…
This isn’t the first time Hill has published stories in this popular book series.
“My Mondays,” which she wrote about 10 years ago, was originally published in “Time to Thrive,” a 2015 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book.
“I’m incredibly happy that ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ picked my story from their library and republished it as part of this new anthology,” Hill said.
Back then, Monday was the day she set aside in her schedule to do what she wanted to do all day.
“Right now I can’t have a whole day to myself, but I try to find an hour to do exactly what I want to do,” she said.
Hill has had stories published in over a dozen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books. She is the author of the children’s book “Don’t You Worry, Don’t You Cry” and has made small contributions to Oprah’s O magazine and Redbook.
Her various day jobs range from post-production coordinator on TV shows such as “American Idol” to event coordinator at the Comedy & Magic Club to circuit trainer at Curves and innkeeper at sister hotels, Channel Road Inn and the Hostel in Playa del Rey in Los Angeles.
She has lived in Tallahassee, Florida, Atlanta and Los Angeles, where she met her husband, Tom Caufield, a composer and instrumental guitarist. The couple moved to Clemmons from California in November 2020.
“With everything that’s happened in our world, I’ve suffered a bit from writer’s block for the past year or two, but I’ve found North Carolina, especially the long walks in Tanglewood Park, to be cathartic,” Hill said in a press release. “I feel my concentration coming back. I also find healing and awakening through new experiences, such as interesting cooking classes I took in the Triad area. I don’t have much experience in the kitchen, so the sights, smells, and tastes of fresh herbs, homemade sauces, delicious cheeses, and scrumptious treats piqued my interest.
She agrees with Newmark who says the most essential key to happiness is gratitude.