Is anyone else incredibly happy it’s the weekend? We don’t have much on our agenda, which is a-okay by me. My plan for the day is to get a workout in, read, organize the nursery a bit, go to Cody’s basketball game, make a yummy dinner, and work on some behind the scenes blog stuff that I keep pushing to the side. Speaking of blog stuff, you may notice that the format and organization of things are a little different this morning. If something doesn’t look right or isn’t working for you, please let me know!
As I mentioned several weeks ago, I started reading The Happiness Project after seeing it on a few different blogs. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into other than the fact that the book sounded intriguing to me. My degree is in psychology so anything pertaining to this particular topic typically peaks my interest. I won’t go into super detail about what the book all entails, but I would encourage you to read more of a detailed review on Peanut Butter Fingers.
A short synopsis of the book:
“In this lively and compelling account, Rubin (the author) chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.”
Overall I really enjoyed this book. There were chapters and parts that I didn’t relate to much, but there were also several parts that I felt like I could’ve written myself. The concept and ideas of the book were compelling, made me think, and often gave me a good chuckle. There’s always areas and ways we can improve our life and our happiness, and I think this book really challenges that and makes you think outside the box. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone and anyone.
Now for my own happiness project! Gretchen Rubin organized her happiness project in such a way that she focused on a general area of her life each month (i.e. marriage, work, parenthood, etc) and worked toward a few specific goals within that area. Rather than plan out my happiness project for the entire year in detail, I’m simply made a list of things I want to work on this year that I believe will lead me to an even happier and fulfilling life. That being said, I don’t want to come off as being unhappy or discontent with my current life. I’m incredibly blessed and happy, but I also believe there’s always areas in which we can improve.Within each of the overarching goals on my list, I made a few specific goals to help me fulfill the overarching goal.
My Happiness Project
(in no particular order)
1. Go outside of my comfort zone
- Talk to strangers and meet new people
- Get my group fitness instructor certification (after baby of course)
- Start or join a mom’s group
2. Grow my relationship with God
- Be more consistent with my devotions & prayer time
- Participate in She Reads Truth daily
- Stay plugged in to church activities
3. Make more of an effort with friends
- Hang out with friends at least twice a month
- Call long distance friends every couple weeks
- Text/email/Facebook friends when I’m thinking about them
4. Be a better wife
- Use positive reinforcement rather than nagging
- Greet him at the door every time he comes home from work
- Do more of “the little things” (i.e. love notes in his lunch, etc.)
5. Grow my blog
- Be more active with Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram
- Research and improve photography skills
- Consistently respond to comments and emails from readers
6. Stay organized
- Everything has a place – if not, find a place for it or throw it out
- Implementing the “one minute rule” – if it takes one minute or less to do, do it right then & there (i.e. filing a bill, putting away my shoes, etc)
- Purchase organizers for drawers, closets, etc. to make better use of the room we have
7. Be more positive
- “Fake it ‘til you make it”
- Smile more often
- Remind myself of the good that comes out (of whatever I’m not wanting to do)
8. Be the best mama I can be
- Read and research parenting, babies, etc.
- Make Hunter a priority, but also make time for myself
- Don’t be too hard on myself
9. Grow my knowledge
- Read a book 30 minutes per day
- Research things I’m unsure about
- Find new blogs to read that are in different genres
10. Keep healthy
- Stay away from processed foods
- Don’t be too strict with myself (with food AND exercise)
- Run a half marathon (after baby)
Some of the above goals are open doors into some of my struggles and flaws, but it’s refreshing to write it out and share with you. A few of the goals are some that I don’t necessarily think I do a bad job at, but they are areas of my life that are very important to me and I want to continue to improve myself in those areas.
Alright, I think that’s enough of my babbling for one day! Have an awesome Saturday!
- Have you read The Happiness Project? Thoughts?
- What are some things that you would include in YOUR happiness project?