While I was in Hawaii, I read The Happiness Project. Well, I read most of it. It got super boring around her August chapter, so I skimmed from there. (But it's well worth a read, so go pick it up or check it out)
Its no secret to anyone reading my blog that the last few months have been really rough for me. Some of my worst ever, actually. This isn't a sob story - I'm happy! There were tons of great memories interspersed with those terrible days that made me want to run away. I'm not depressed. I'm not struggling. I, like any other person, just wanted to have a fresh start, and to just BE happier.
This book really spoke to me for that reason - she was happy, but she just wanted to be happier. Whether or not it actually worked was somewhat irrelevant. It's about effort. Desire. Attitude. The idea that we can improve our lives is one that I truly believe in.
Therefore, on my flight home from Philadelphia, exhausted, headache-y, anxious and unexcited for our move, I found myself thinking about The Happiness Project.
"Whaaaaaaaat. Leave me alone."
"Let's do a Happiness Project! Let's be Happy!"
"No. Sounds like work. Sounds like something I'd get excited about and then never finish."
"C'mon it'll be fun! What do we have to lose? It literally can only help at this point."
"Uh. Fine. Let's make some lists."
I fight with my brain a lot, actually. My brain always wins.
One tiny cup of Diet Coke with cylindrical ice and a baby bag of hard pretzels later, I came up with this, My Happiness Project.
Week One (July 1-7): Home & Marriage
Week Two (July 8-14): Mindfulness & Learning
Week Three (July 15-21) Physical & Fun
Week Four (July 22-28) Spirituality & Finance
Week Five (July 29-Aug 4) Improvement & Beauty
Week Six (Aug 5-11) Motherhood (no I'm not pregnant) & Blog
Basically I just started listing areas in my life where I wanted to see more happiness and progress, then picked 2 per week for my 6 remaining weeks of summer before I have to start doing school stuff again.
Every week I'll share my goals and how it went (week one's post coming tomorrow), because why have a blog if I can't bore you all to death with my inner insecurities and marginal improvements?!!
Have any of you guys read this? What did you think? Are you going to try it? If so, lets talk.