I made it through my first month of my Happiness Project! In a short time, I am already learning great lessons. But first, how did I do? Here were my goals:
1) Make bed every day
My inspiration quote for September is:
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” -Jack Kornfield
I found how much congratulating myself on everyday tasks can be energizing and fulfilling. Now I want to put myself higher on my “to do” list as another way to reaffirm my worth. When I am last on the totem pole I feel dead tired and it’s hard for me to see the value in me. By doing the things I need to do to make me feel good, I will have the wherewithal to get through the tougher tasks in life. Therefore, September is all about making choices that help me to feel cared for.
2. Eat a salad
3. Practice a self-care ritual (Treat yo’ self!)
4. Read a personal growth book
6. Meal prep
In a combination of organization and self-care, I’m going to focus on meal prepping. This typically happens on the weekend (when I get a chance), but having healthy meals makes me live my life better because I feel good and organized. I don’t like frantically running after work to get dinner or feeling so hungry I might have a meltdown. I specifically want to plan more salads, especially since my garden is still producing. There’s nothing like a salad to make me feel like I care about my body.
I ended up joining a gym last month because I felt like I needed a more communal experience. My gym is so awesome I actually call it a spa since I have a hot tub, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, and massage chairs. It feels like a treat to go because I end my workout with the massage chair. Exercise not only helps me take care of my body, but afterwards I do feel amazing. I’m worth the effort.
My self-care ritual can be anything from painting my nails to putting on a face mask. It’s a pocket of time where I focus on doing something that makes me feel pampered.
For personal development I’m going to meditate and read a personal growth book. My form of meditation is coloring. I have a grown-up coloring book that has illustrations from Jane Austen’s books. When I’m coloring, I tune everything out and just focus, which feels really meditative. Sometimes I get outside the lines and I actually like when it happens because it’s a practice on not taking myself too seriously. I have a lot of personal growth books I’ve been meaning to read, so in my next Monday Musings post I’ll tell you what I ended up reading!