Are you working on your Happiness Project?
I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project last summer and started my own project last fall. It’s been fun to work on things that I think will make my life . . . you got it, Happier! You can read about how I got started and my first and second check-ins.
Last time, I wrote that I was going to continue to work on my discipline with fitness, sleep, and time management. I also resolved to purge some things out of my space.
How am I doing? First, the bad news. I did not purge the closets. Why not? I can explain by introducing you to Demetri Martin’s Pie Chart of Procrastination.
I think Gretchen Rubin would call that a Loophole. Maybe.
The good news? I’ve been quite a lot better about time management, exercise, and my sleep habits.
I’m sticking to at least one time management practice by making exercise time non-negotiable and going to yoga. I’ve been attending a twice-a-week beginner class that has been fantastic. I’ve learned so much and gained a ton of confidence. Now when I go into the Gentle class I do better. Even the Gentle yoga flow is a solid, total-body workout. One of these days I will try a higher level than Gentle, but for now, I’m good. I am more in love with yoga than ever!
I set an intention each time I’m in class. It’s always very simple–typically either This is the body I came with–be patient with it or Stay right here (to keep me focused) or This is just for me.
Every time I’m there I work really hard and get out of my head. I feel energized, more relaxed in my body (yes, both) and stronger when I’m done. I feel more able to do other physical things–like running with Scotch more when I walk him. He loves it. I even touched my head to my knees for the first time in my life this week–I actually folded! My knees weren’t totally straight and I don’t know if they ever will be, but I almost squealed.
You don’t even know.
Yoga is also helping me be more patient in other areas of life. Maybe it’s age. Maybe it’s yoga and fitness. Maybe it’s both. I also sleep better every night that I do yoga. Being disciplined about my yoga practice is helping me tackle three Happiness Resolutions–time management, exercise, and sleep habits. I have no plans to change this any time soon.
As for the purging? I’m taking a week off soon and I’m sure I can devote some time to a couple of closets. As you know, I will keep you posted.
- Procrastination doesn’t make me happy.
- Fitness is changing my life.
- Actually trying to be happy works. I’m not perfect or happy every day, but I’m more aware of my response to things. I’m way better at thinking before speaking, considering other people and taking it easy on myself and others. It’s the little things, you know?
How are you doing on your Happiness Project if you’re working on one? I really would love to know.