Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Happiness Project -- Week 2

Day Eight: Do something creative. Write something or paint something or glitter something or build something. Make something for no one other than yourself.

Day Nine: Treat your free time like a vacation. When you're on vacation, do you check your work emails? Or waste time watching a TV show you don't even like? (Okay, maybe you do, but you shouldn't) If you have any free time today, treat it like you would treat a vacation and do things you want to do. Rest. Relax. Go get ice cream. Read a book. 

Day Ten: Clean up the room you sleep in. Cleaning might not conjure up feelings of happiness for everyone, but waking up in a clean room just starts the day out on a good note. 

Day Eleven: Try yoga. Don't knock it 'til you try it. I've had my fair share of rolling my eyes at yoga, but lately I've realized how beneficial it is. There's plenty of can get your workout on and work your muscles, or you can stretch and relax. Both are helpful. 

Day Twelve: Make a list of things you're looking forward to. Flip flop and tank top weather! Your anniversary! Vacation! Going shopping the next time you get paid! Put the list somewhere you can see it. See? There's so much to be happy about.

Day Thirteen: Do something kind for someone else. Buy your coworker a cup of coffee. Hold the door for someone. Be a pizza bandit and send pizza to your friend's house. Once again, making someone else happy does wonders for your own happiness. 

Day Fourteen: Write down five unexpected things that made you happy this week. Make yourself think about it until you can come up with five things. Lots of green lights on your way to work, or an email coupon to your favorite store, or a pretty sunset. Nothing is too small!

Cheers to another happy week!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Where Everyone Belongs

How often do I see someone standing alone, obviously uncomfortable, and decide to just stay in the conversation I'm in rather than try to include them? Or when someone says we should get together! How many times do I nod enthusiastically and then don't follow up, because life is busy and getting together takes time? How many times have I seen someone sitting alone and it would have taken nothing for me to go sit with them, but I chose to stay where I was? Or when someone emails me asking blog questions, and I think about how long it would take to respond, so I put it off until it's forgotten. 

Answer: Probably more than I realize. 

I've probably been the source of people not feeling good about themselves, just because it was easier for me to not get involved. 

So today, I'm reminding myself to be a place where everyone belongs. In conversations, at parties, at work, in life. It's not that hard. 

We don't have to be best friends with everyone, ever. It's not our responsibility to make sure no one is ever left out. But one thing we should all strive for is to be a place where everyone belongs. It's really, really not that hard. 

Public service reminder: Life is short. Love people while you're here. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Happiness Project -- Week One

I've been thinking a lot about happiness lately. About how much of it is circumstantial, how much of it we control, and if you can really make yourself happier. 

So much of life is out of our control. But we often forget that so much of life is in our control. I know we all have issues or circumstances that aren't the happiest, but I think a lot of our unhappiness is within our own control. I think a lot of times, the reason we're not happy is because we're not trying to be.  If you could make a few small changes, or take a few small actions, and it would lead you to a place where you legitimately felt happier, wouldn't you do it?

I've heard it said that it takes 28 days to form a new habit. So can you make yourself happier in 28 days? Well, we're certainly going to try. 

Project Happy: 28 Days to Happiness

Day One: Wake up ten minutes earlier than normal. Don't add anything to your morning, just wake up the first time your alarm goes off so you don't start the day off rushing. 

Day Two: Go through the day without complaining out loud. When you catch yourself complaining out loud (which you will, because you are not a magician), make sure to say something positive in the next five minutes.

Day Three: Make a playlist of songs that make you happy. Whenever you have to do something boring, like driving to work or doing the dishes, listen to it. Bonus points for singing along extra loud, triple bonus points for dancing along. 

Day Four: Compliment every single person you speak to. Tell the cashier you like her lipstick, compliment the shoes of the guy who holds the door for you, tell your coworker she did a good job on her presentation. Most of the time, making other people happy makes you happy.

Day Five: Buy yourself flowers, or a new candle, or something in your favorite color. Put it somewhere you'll see it several times throughout the day.

Day Six: When you get dressed this morning, only think about what you like. Don't think about what's popular or about what someone else might think of you. Pick your clothes and your shoes and your makeup and everything else based solely on what makes you happy. 

Day Seven: Go for a walk. Alone or with company, with music or without, whatever makes you the happiest. Just make sure to wait until the day cools down so you don't come back grumpier than when you left.

I challenge ALL of you to try this first week with me, and let me know how it works out for you.  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Being Intentional

The first couple months of a new year always holds so much potential and leaves me drawing up a to-do list and creating new goals.  Today is no different.  And while I'm drinking my tea and blogging and trying to decide what I want to get out of this month, I can't help but think of past months where I've had such high expectations that I did not even come close to reaching.

And I can't help but think it was because I wasn't intentional. 

It's easy to say I want to be a good wife, or a good mom,  or a good blogger, or a good employee.  It's easy to say I want to read more, or be outside more, or make more time for whatever I need to make more time for.  But actually doing it is a completely different story.

Sometimes I feel like getting excited about life and making new goals and dreaming new dreams and writing them all down is enough. 

But it's not.

It's easy to have dreams.

It's hard to follow them.

This year I am going to be intentional.

I'm going to be intentional about living my life.  I'm going to be intentional about following my dreams and goals.  I am going to wake up with a purpose and follow that purpose all throughout the day, so that the last day of the year looks a lot like the I hoped it would on the first.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Be Happy

Because life is too short to be unhappy. 
So go see a movie. 
Eat some cake. 
Say you're sorry if you need to. 
Take a brisk winter walk.
Tell someone you love them. 
If it makes you happy, don't wait.
Just do it. 

Monday, February 19, 2018


Happy Monday, you beautiful people!

Today is a brand new day full of so much potential.

It has the ability to be a starting point of something new, if you want it to be.

Today can be the day you look back on and realize that was the day you started something really great.

It can be a day full of memories.

A day of hard work.

A day of blissful "winter blues" laziness.

A day of quiet.

A day of dreams.

Today can be anything you want it to be.

Don't let that kind of potential pass by you!  Make today into whatever you want it to be. 

Live and work and laugh and relax and dream and explore and be happy today.

Just because you can.

Monday, January 1, 2018


I hope this year is the best one yet -- for each and every one of you!!

The Happiness Project -- Week 2

Day Eight: Do something creative.  Write something or paint something or glitter something or build something.  Make  something for no ...