Friday, March 2, 2012

My Happiness Project

A blog I follow has recently mentioned Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project. So, on a cold Friday night, I took a trip to one of my favorite places [Barnes&Noble] to finally purchase the book. Not because I'm not happy, but because I know I need to start enjoying life's little things. And because I highly trust any book she might recommend.

"A "happiness project" is an approach to changing your life. First is the preparation stage, when you identify what brings you joy, satisfaction, and engagement, and also what brings you guilt, anger, boredom, and remorse. Second is the making of resolutions, when you identify the concrete actions that will boost your happiness. Then comes the interesting part: keeping your resolutions."

A lot of times, I worry about making everyone else happy, doing what they want, when they want. I can't say "no" to anyone or anything. I try to make everything I have planned and everything I'm asked to do work. And if that doesn't work? I feel guilty. I need to start being honest with myself and others. That doesn't mean I'm a liar [in fact I've learned to be one honest person lately] it just means I have yet another thing to work on. If I have plans and somebody asks me to go somewhere, I need to accept that it won't work and tell them straight up. You get the idea...

What will I get out of my "happiness project"? It's hard to say. I hope it is, in some ways, a life changer. I do know I'll be posting about it quite a bit here.

Ps - did you forget I challenged you? I need 4 more comments by tomorrow to post every other day in March! Thanks Lex for getting it started. :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Challenge

Happy M[ARCH MADNESS] month!

Today is March 1st. It's a little hard to believe how much has changed in the last 366 days. A new job, a [couple] new homes, a new nephew to spoil, new friends and a new outlook on life.

As hard as it is for me to accept that I've changed as a person, I'd like to think it's been more for the better [than for the worst]. Sure, there are times when I do something without thinking for even a split second..only to somewhat regret it hours, days or even months later. I know I make mistakes. I know I'm not perfect. I know I don't give 110% as often as I should. But that's what makes me, ME. I am my own person. A little too independent and stubborn at [most] times.

Watch for some pretty interesting posts this month. :)

Ps...if I can get five comments on this post [from five different readers] I'll post every other day in March! You have 48 hours...GO!