This week Debra has asked us to define what makes us happy, and challenged us to do 1 thing a day from our Happiness List.
Week #8 Challenge : The Happiness Challenge
In week 1 of the 52 Weeks to Simplify Your Life challenge, we were asked to talk about all the things that went right in 2011. The things I talked about were blogging more, spending time with my family and friends, getting away from the home (read: chores), taking pictures, giving thanks and being grateful for the things I have, for the people I have.
I wanted to make sure these things that made me the happiest, and the most relaxed, featured a lot into my 2012 calendar. Here we are, almost March, and I haven’t made a lot of effort to do these things, but I have been thinking about the, trying to put some things in to motion.
We’re planning a family holiday to New Zealand for October/November. We want to fly to Christchurch and drive to Queenstown, exploring along the way, taking in the scenery every step. But in the mean time we want a mini “breakation” so we did this.
We have been making an effort to go out for breakfast, just the 3 of us, every week. So either Saturday or Sunday we head out to a surf club or a local cafe and we have breakfast and enjoy being outside, soaking in the amazing views the Gold Coast has to offer. I’m slowly making my way through the Eggs Benedicts of the Gold Coast! I’ll let you know whose are best when I’m finished.
Something else that makes me happy (well, more relaxed than happy, but on a certain level, happy) is having a clean and organized home. This past weekend was incredibly wet on the coast, and Saturday we spent de-cluttering closets, throwing away things we don’t use anymore. We got rid of so much stuff, our bins are full and we still have things to throw away. Once they are out of my sight, I’ll be so happy!
I no longer work Saturdays (unless someone is away), which in itself makes me happy. So these are our family days. Days where we try to do something fun, together, different, every week. I’d also like to start a weekly family dinner with my mum, nanna, sisters and their husbands, but that is going to take a bit more planning.
I realized something that WASN’T making me happy was Facebook. I spent far too much time on there, got upset if I felt I was being left out of something, it just generally left me feeling deflated. So I deactivated my account. Tomorrow will be 1 week free of Facebook, and let me tell you, it feels great! But it is EVERY.WHERE. Just for 2 examples, Pinterest and TripAdvisor websites both “recommend” signing in through Facebook!
I’ve been participating in Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim’s monthly photo-a-day challenges and love following along with other particpants on Instagram. I hope the next iPhones have even better cameras in them. I haven’t been getting my DSLR out as much as I should/would like to, but there’s plenty of time to change that.
I’ve been pretty sick since last Wednesday, so doing something that made me happy every day was mostly limited to laying on the couch, watching TV, taking naps, all which make me happy under better circumstances, but being sick is absolutely zero fun at all. So while I didn’t necessarily do something each day that made me happy, I feel good about our Saturdays, about our breakation and New Zealand vacation that are both in the works, and I feel good about my gratitude journal and general outlook on life that has changed since starting the journal and this SYL challenge. Sure, I may fall off the wagon once in a while, but it is ok to have those temporary moments of insanity. The work I’ve put in over the last couple of months makes me get back on the wagon quicker and stronger.
It’s not too late to join in with Deb and those of us participating in her 52 Weeks to Simplify Your Life challenge. Join in where you want, catch up if you want, link up if you want, or don’t. At least read the challenges and give yourself some food for thought.