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March 2020: Creativity

I’ve definitely considered abandoning my 2020 Happiness Project. It’s just been too hard to keep the project at the forefront of my mind.

But, I also really like consistency. If I commit to a yearlong project, I’d like to see it through, even if it’s super simplified.

For January, I focused on health and longevity. For February, I focused on mindfulness and wellness. I don’t think either month was wildly successful, but I have made small changes that are helping me to be more healthy and well.

For March, I am going to focus on Creativity. That wasn’t my original plan, but it makes sense at this moment in life. March is an emotional month. Edgar’s adoption day is on the 3rd, the anniversary of my dad’s death is the 6th, Dad’s birthday is the 23rd, Tamara’s birthday is the 15th – plus my Nana’s birthday (she passed away when I was 15) and two nieces’ birthdays. It’s a month of ups and downs and grief and joy. It’s emotional in all the best and worst ways.

For my whole life, the best way for me to process emotions has been through writing. My blogging routine got off track in February, due to sickness and tiredness and the chaos of life with littles. For March, I want to get my blogging routine back on track AND I want to get back into my creative writing routine. I’ve been making notes everywhere and feeling inspired. The next step is just to Get. To. Work.

So my mini resolutions are:

  1. Resume my regular blogging schedule.
  2. Set up a (doable) new creative writing routine.

Simple – but not easy. We’ll see what happens.

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Wrapping Up February 2020 (Kind. Healthy. Creative. Present.)

This happiness project is a BUST so far! I’m mostly laughing about it.

My plan for 2020 has been to pick a theme for each month, and make a few small resolutions every month that are aligned with that theme. But it just hasn’t worked out. Life gets busy and crazy, and I have trouble even remembering what my resolutions are, let alone actually keeping them!

Looking ahead to March 2020, my main priority is diet and exercise. I have made some progress in this area, but I still struggle to refrain from candy and junk food, especially when I’m feeling stressed.

My second goal is to prioritize creative writing. And my third is MEETINGS. I’m abandoning meditation for the moment. I love to meditate, and I do think that prioritizing that habit would be beneficial, but having too many goals and priorities means that I accomplish none.

I don’t know how I’ll structure these posts about my goals and priorities moving forward, but for today, I’m just trying to stay in the moment and keep these words in my mind: Kind. Healthy. Creative. 

Kind. Healthy. Creative. Let’s do this.

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February 2020: Mindfulness and Wellness

My plan for February 2020 was to focus on service and kindness, but I’m changing it up a bit.

My January resolutions were hard to manage, particularly the ones related to food. I constantly find myself slipping back into unhealthy habits – too much caffeine, junk food – when I’m stressed or busy. (OR when I’m just stuck in a bad habit, like stopping to get a snack on the way home from work!)

So I don’t feel fully ready to dive into a topic like service. It makes more sense to me to take my topic for March – Mindfulness, Meditation, and Presence – and blend it together with my health and wellness goals to make a new theme.

Therefore, my theme for February 2020 is going to be Mindfulness + Wellness. Here are the resolutions I’ve come up with so far:

1. Attend 2 AA meetings every week. (Aim for three; don’t allow less than two.)

2. Meditate every morning.

3. Dock my phone AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE – limited screen time.

4. Plan adventures. (More on this soon.)

5. Take baby steps (atomic habits) toward improving my sleep hygiene.

6. Stop worrying about eating healthy and limiting caffeine; I seem to do better in this area when I’m not stressing about it.

May this February be heart-shaped and lovely. Let’s do this.

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Wrapping Up January 2020

This month, for my 2020 Happiness Project, I focused on health and longevity.

It went – okay. My resolutions related to meditation, AA, exercise, and caffeine were successful. My resolutions related to healthy eating were not successful, and I’ve been reflecting on that a lot.

My plan for February 2020 was to focus on service, but I think I sort of need a combo month, so that I can continue to focus on healthy eating habits, meditation, and mindfulness. Stay tuned for that!

Good-bye, January!  How the heck did you fly by so fast?

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January 2020: Health and Longevity

For 2020, I’ve scribbled out a happiness project that I’m going to implement throughout the year.

I’m so excited about it. I love making resolutions and setting goals. I love giving myself time to reflect on who I am and how I strive to live my life.

For the first month of the year, I decided to focus on Health & Longevity. I spent a long time debating what theme to focus on for the beginning of the year. The other top contenders were Service and Mindfulness. Those two are really important, and they’re coming – but I ultimately decided that focusing on healthy habits would be the best way to start my year.

Ever since Edgar was born, I’ve felt an awareness of my mortality and my health that I never had before. I never worried about my own health in the past. I sometimes worried about the health of people I love, but not mine. Once I became a mother, I think I became aware of the loss my children would experience if something happened to me, and it caused me to think about my health in a completely different way.

I also care a lot about feeling healthy and strong, and I don’t feel as healthy and strong as I’d like to. I’m aware of this as Edgar gets older and bigger; sometimes, picking him up or carrying him briefly causes me to lose my breath, and that’s frustrating. I also feel this motivation to want to run fast and be strong for the safety of myself and my family. Once again, that’s something I didn’t think about before becoming a parent.

My final reason for wanting to focus on health and longevity is because I know how wonderful I feel when I am exercising, eating well, and feeling strong. I want to have that feeling, that strength – it helps me to be able to do the thing I want to do, to have energy the be the best version of myself.

Here are the resolutions I’ve come up with, for my month of Health and Longevity:

  1. Use medication less frequently. For years, I’ve experienced insomnia,and I often utilize medications like Tylenol PM or Simply Sleep to combat it. I worry about this habit and its effect on my long-term health. So I resolve to use medications less frequently or to stop it completely.
  2. Exercise every day. The effect of exercise on my health and my mood is significant. I really want to make exercise a daily priority.
  3. Go to two AA meetings a week. This may seem unrelated to health and longevity, but it’s not.
  4. Healthy vegetarian eating with limited sugar and sweets. ESPECIALLY after dinner. I have a ridiculous habit of wanting to eat something sweet right before bedtime – basically, as I understand the science of the human body, the worst time to eat sweets.
  5. Meditate every day. 
  6. Eliminate diet soda and limit caffeine. 
  7. Do the adulting tasks that are necessary for your health and longevity. Take your medicine. Make all important doctor’s appointments – physical, dentist, orthodontist, GYN.
  8. Put your phone in your purse while you’re driving. You will not be healthy if you crash your car because you’re using you’re phone while operating a moving vehicle.

This might seem like too many resolutions, but when I tried, I could not eliminate any. As I type this, it’s January 3rd, and I’m eager to get these January resolutions on paper so that they feel more “official to me.” Additionally, Edgar just woke up, so my writing time for today is done.

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