The Happiness Project…

It’s been a long time since I sat down and wrote something to update everyone. I know I keep saying this but I really want to try to make more of an effort to blog more and keep people informed on what’s going on.

I’m writing this blog today for a reason, but before I get down to that, I want to bring people up to speed so I’ll keep this short. I am no longer living in Lac La Biche and I’ve moved to Athabasca, Alberta. I’ve been here just over six months. I’m still working as a reporter for the paper here and I really enjoy all the people I’m meeting. I’m currently single and although I’m enjoying my life right now, I do wish I had someone in my life to share it with other than my friends, even though I have awesome friends. I think that sums it up nicely.

So the reason I’m writing this blog today… Well it’s about time I did some more things for myself and got happy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am happy with a lot of the things in my life and there are a lot of things I wouldn’t change and that I’m thankful for, but I have other things I want in my life too. This is why I’m starting The Happiness Project.

I’m thinking of this as my first step in my own version of “Eat Pray Love”. I think this is going to be a way for me to start to get the things in live that I value the most and ultimately make me happier. this is going to be one year in the making. My goal is to accomplish my goals. Is that oxymoronic to say? Well maybe it is but the point I’m trying to make is I want to be able to say I’ve done all the things I’ve always wanted to do or I keep complaining about. So as of today, I’m starting a list, a list of all the things big or small I want to try to accomplish in one year. Now I know one year isn’t a lot of time, but it’s enough to get the ball rolling. This list is ongoing and ever-changing as I finish some things and look for new ones.

Throughout the year I intend to keep a journal of all my efforts and successes. I want people to know how things are going and to also maybe start their own Happiness Project and then we can help each other keep track and keep going. I also want to have a happiness jar so for every time someone good happens to me I can write it down and put it in the jar. Come New Year’s I can open up the jar and read all the things that have happened to me in the past four months. It would be something to look back on and remember that even when times are stressful there are good things that can happen too. For every time I put a note in the jar, I want to put in $0.25 also so that I can also buy myself something new with the money collected. After the New Year, I think I’ll keep doing the jar and looking at it every four months and go from there This is also going to be an art project so that I can decorate it and start accomplishing that art goal I have too.:)

I’m sure I’ll add more to the list and add more the project as I go along from myself and friends, but it’s a start. So here goes, my TO DO LIST for happiness.

  • Lose 20 lbs by January 2013 – 5 lbs per month should be a nice goal
  • Bring more art into my life
  • Write more for personal reasons – journal more
  • Scrapbook my life in Alberta – the trials and tribulations of a reporter
  • Freelance more stuff out to other media outlets… start writing for a magazine on the side.
  • Find  the right boyfriend or me
  • Get out and have more fun, not always work
  • Save more money – hopefully almost $4,000 by the end of June