Embrace the Seasons: A Happiness Project

In my last post, I explained that I had been inspired by Gretchen Rubin, who writes about “happiness, habits and human nature” to begin my own happiness project. I’ve decided to call it “Embrace the Seasons”.

The idea of turning happiness into a project makes it sound like hard work, and even a bit ridiculous. Please, dear readers, don’t think that I’m unhappy, I’m a pretty happy person despite loving a good whinge. I know that I am also fortunate, and privileged, and all those other things that come with the accident of my birth in a certain financial strata of society in a certain time period. My children are healthy, I have a home, I have family, friends, a career.

In so many ways, my life works for me. But some days I feel like I’m on a merry-go-round and I can’t get off. It’s a feeling I think so many people have, especially in the child-rearing, career-growing years. It’s not much fun when you’re stuck on the merry-go-round and beyond it, life seems to be a blur, passing by without me noticing that I am missing out. The pause of the summer break helped me to realise that I want to stop and see beyond the routines and term times and school holidays, jumping from weekend to weekend, commuting, emailing, life lived by my Outlook calendar, and see what really matters. Holidays have a way of focusing the mind like that. But we can’t be on holiday all the time. So for me, while my Happiness Project does have some elements that are more about self-development and self-awareness, in many ways, I’m setting myself goals to help me to pay more attention to my life.

Also, I am a terrible faddist, and there’s nothing I love more than starting a new project. Finishing one… well that’s a rarer occurrence. So to those ends, I am looking for some accountability. Therefore, please please do feel free to comment, ask questions and keep me on track. A year is a long time.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share my intentions for September, and the focus area for each month of the year. In some cases the titles are a bit metaphorical, and in others they’re very literal.

My Happiness Project – Embrace the Seasons

 

September – Embrace the Seasons

Embrace the season:

– make a photo album to celebrate the summer

– back to school pictures

– plan some after school treats

Time is how you spend your love:

– three things for myself every day (bullet journal list)

– track my time

The days are long but the years are short (be a better parent):

– No snapping and no meanness

– No complaining

– Be prepared (snacks and water!)

Equinox:

– Read more

– Balance head vs. heart

October – Harvest

November – Productivity

December – Light

January – Pilgrimage and Adventure

February – Ice Queen

March – Lent

April – Spring

May – Queen Bee

June – Curate My Life

July – Full Bloom

August – Holiday

 

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