Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How to: Joy

The year of joy is underway and I'm not going to get ahead of myself, but I'd definitely have to say 2014 is already off to a better start than last year. After reading The Happiness Project last year I was inspired to take a similar journey as Gretchen Rubin. I really like the idea of rather than coming up with an entire list of resolutions or goals to begin at once, focus on one at a time and build upon them throughout the year.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about a large list of things you'd like to do. It's important to both prioritize this list and look to see if any goal may be a building block for others. With that in mind I've decided to pick a focus for each month of this year to begin re-incorporating something that I love into my life.

While I know that you should pick concrete and attainable goals, another reason I'm going with a monthly focus is because I know that life happens. My intention is to focus on weaving these things into my life, not perfecting them.

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January-Organizing/Cleaning
It makes me incredibly happy to have a clean organized home, office, and life, but I don't always take the time to maintain the level of order I enjoy. This month includes any and all kind of cleaning, room rearranging, and organizing. In addition, getting a good system together again to stay on top of things at home and outside of work.
February-Morning Time
I have always enjoyed having a bounty of time in the morning to truly wake up and get ready for the day without having to rush. Now that we moved and I know that I can get to my office in exactly five minutes I've been cutting it close. In February I will commit to going back to my regular wakeup time of 6:15am and utilize my morning time to prepare myself for the day ahead.
March-Pretty Spaces
Who doesn't want to live and work somewhere that they love? Since we moved I've had so many projects I talk about all of the time. It's time to actually make some moves and paint my desk, paint some of our rooms, and find some pieces to make our house more homey. This will also include de-cluttering my office at work.
April-Etsy
Hey, remember that time that I created an Etsy shop, sold like four things, and then continue to tell people I have this shop when it really doesn't exist? This is the year I actually get to it. I've been building up a collection of things to sell and may have a grand re-opening of the shop prior to April, but this will be the month I focus on a plan to manage and keep it going.
May-Blogging
Yeah...so blogging comes in fifth. I am going to focus on blogging more until May but then take some more time to sit down and really think about the direction of this blog. Update pages and work on some plans to be more consistent. 
June-Love
Um, did you know I get married this month?!! I felt that love would be a good focus for this one. Not only taking some time away from other things to really focus on the wedding and beginning a marriage with Mr. Young, but also getting to spend a lot of quality time with the family and friends that I love.
July-Traveling & Exploring
With the wedding, we also get a honeymoon--score! I can't wait to spend time researching places to see and things to do while we're on our honeymoon and then of course taking the trip itself. I've got some plans up my sleeve about ways for us to chronicle this adventure and hopefully continue to do some of these things on trips we take in the future. Stay tuned for more details about our destination, it's going to be ah-mazing.

Don't worry, you'll get focuses for the rest of the year come July. I have a few ideas up my sleeve but I think that the first half of the year will help me find some clarity on additional areas to focus on. I hope you'll follow me on this journey and hope to hold me accountable. If you've yet to look into resolutions for this year, feel free to follow and find some areas to focus on in your life. Anyone can have joy, but you have to choose it first.

1 comment:

Charlotte said...

So glad you're doing this and can't wait to read all about it!

I'm so with you on "morning time." I love waking up early, drinking coffee, and starting my day completely unrushed!