Recently, I have been obsessed with the author Gretchen Rubin. I absolutely LOVE how she writes about her life and makes herself a test subject to learn about happiness. Rubin is the bestselling author of “The Happiness Project”. In her book she makes 12 resolutions, each for one month of year, and then carries them out. Each month is labelled by a theme and she does tasks created around that theme. I absolutely love this idea, so much so that in January 2019 I am starting my own happiness project!
Before Rubin even began to come up with the monthly themes, she set out 12 commandments that she would follow no matter what her goal was for the month. I did the same, except I came up with 10 instead:
- Be Morgan
- Haste Makes Waste
- Sleep More, Achieve More
- Eat with Love
- Keeping Score Never Helps You Win
- You Are Doing Just Fine
- Be Present
- An Affirmation Can Change Your Mood, But a Breathe Can Change Your Life
- You Can Only Change YOU
- Act the Way You Want To Feel
Now that I have come up with my 10 commandments, I am ready to begin my monthly themes.
Rubin started off her year with the theme of vitality. She did things to boost her overall energy such as going to sleep earlier, working out better and acting energetic. For my first month I am going to be focusing on Mindfulness. I am a HUGE extroverted introvert, so although the holiday season makes me ridiculously happy because I get to be around the people I love the most, I also get burnt out quick and I become overwhelmed easily. So I am going to spend January working on my mind, and preparing myself for the year ahead.
In February, Rubin focused on her marriage. She tried to stop nagging and learned how to “fight right”. I am also going to be focusing on my relationship. February is Kirk’s birthday month, so there really is no better month to work on being nicer to Kirk and happier in our relationship.
For the third month of the year Rubin focused on her work, I, on the other hand, am going to leave that for another month down the line. In March Kirk and I are going on a vacation to Florida with his family. So March I am going to focus on family. I will be completely present throughout our vacation, and for the weeks leading up to it I am going to be more intentional about seeing my family and being present when I am with them.
As of right now.. I only have the first three themes planned, but in next week’s blog post I will write about the next three. I am so excited to take you on this journey with me, and I would love for you to join in! Let me know what your first three themes would be if you decided to take part in your own happiness project!