Rebecca over at Weight Wars (who I find very inspirational, BTW – I have no idea how she manages to organize these fabulous challenges and projects!) has launched a year long project called Happiness Online, based on Gretchen Ruben’s book The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. (In the interest of full disclosure, this is an Amazon affiliate link).
The whole purpose of this project is to focus on improving our own happiness with our lives. I read the book, and although I found some of the ideas a little too zen for me, the fact is, I have found that my own happiness directly relates to staying on track with my weight loss/maintenance, my fitness… everything! Every month we will set resolutions around a theme (hey, monthly goals – no wonder I want to do this!) and work towards those goals.
I did say October was going to be hard for me – I tried, but honestly, things have spiralled out of control, and so this took a back seat. How did I do? Not so great, but let’s examine how it went.
1. Find Ways to Say No
Well… I stopped blogging, so if nothing else, I said no to my own demanding schedule. As for saying no to other things? Not doing quite so well on that one. Lots of work and Board events ate my time this month.
2. Be Mindful of Relationships
Did I reach out? A little – beer and wings with a couple of friends early in October, a nice lunch with an old friend from the past mid-month, and a missed coffee date late in the month that is being made up early in November. There are still a lot of people I’d like to reconnect with, but time is evaporating (such a lousy excuse).
3. Make Time for Family
Family night is still a problem – we’re not spending enough time together, but Bruce & I did manage to get out to dinner and a movie one night this month. It’s a start!
Sigh – so not the best month. Maybe November will be better? I need to finish reading the November chapter and set some resolutions… not that I’m behind at all!