Enjoy Life and Be Happy

Shortly after it was first released, I purchased a copy of the book, ‘The Happiness Project.’ Its title and premise absolutely captivated me. The book offers a look into the author, Gretchen Rubin’s, life and her journey in dedicating a year to her personal happiness project.

ImageI have forever been fascinated by the topic of happiness, so this book was for obvious reasons, right up my alley. Gretchen identifies the importance in defining concrete resolutions rather than general goals. Feeling especially inspired after recently re-reading the book, I decided to commit to my own specific goals.

Keep a Gratitude Journal. On less than perfect days, I think it is so important to still realize all the blessings in life. This will most likely be random and range anywhere from a thoughtful text from a friend to having a Dairy Queen Blizzard. I am all about the little things in life.

Talk to My Sister and Friends At Least Once a Week. My sister and I recently began face-timing. I know, we are so behind the trend.  It reminds me of the line in ‘Father of the Bride,’ “Welcome to the 90s, Mr. Banks.” That being said, seeing her and my nephews puts a smile on my face and makes the distance between us so much more tolerable.

Sign up for a 5k. I found a pet and owner fun run taking place over my birthday weekend next month and I am SO excited. I have yet to tell Nola that we will be registering her for a race, but I am counting on many kisses when I do.

Be Mindful in how I Spend my Money. I often find that I am unaware of my spending, $5 at Starbucks and $15 at Barnes & Noble can go quickly. While I have no intention to stop shopping entirely, I would like to be more mindful of how I spend my money and to make sure that my purchases are meaningful.

Reader Question: Do you have any goals that you are working towards?

Where There is Love There is Life

Hello and Happy February! I can hardly believe that the first month of 2013 has already come and gone. A little fun fact that you might not know about me is that I love the beginning of a new month. It feels like such a clean slate, the perfect opportunity to start afresh and set new goals.

While I typically don’t do much for Valentine’s Day, I do, like many girls, seem to associate the month of February with love. I thought it might be fun to make my goal for this month centered on that love, specifically, to better express my love for others.

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I realize that this goal might seem a bit generic, so I thought it would help to break it down:

  1. To be more affectionate. I’m talking hugs here, don’t worry.
  2. To find time to do the little things for the people I love each day. To wash the dishes, to send a nice card, to offer a compliment, to be more thoughtful, the list of course continues.

I am genuinely excited about my goals this month. After all, “where there is love there is life”- Mahatma Gandhi 

Happy Weekend!!

Reader Question: What are your goals this month?

The Road to 2014

Although I know I have already written my tribute to the New Year, I’ve decided that sequels are a good thing. I mean, what is ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ without ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’, right? Therefore, today’s post will serve as an extension of ‘To Strive and Accept,’ with a little “explore, dream, discover” mixed in.

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I think that the celebration of the New Year is so unique because it encourages reflection of the past, thoughtfulness of the present, and consideration of the future, all at once. And while I attempt to live in the present moment, I also believe it is important to be mindful and optimistic about what is to come. Like Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” And so, without further adieu…

My Goals for 2013:

  1. Pray more, worry less
  2. Become a better cook. I’m guessing my fiancé will support this goal as well.
  3. Sign up for a road race.
  4. Keep in better touch with family and friends.
  5. Appreciate the blessings of each day.
  6. Write more handwritten notes.
  7. Laugh more.
  8. Love more.
  9. Dance more.
  10. Experience more.

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What are your goals for the New Year?