a happiness project

Good morning, friends! Today I want to chat about a project I’m excited to begin. After hearing some great reviews about the book, I wanted to check out The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It was a great read that lays out the research and systematic method Rubin used to implement a one-year “Happiness Project” in her own life. Using specific goals and examples, she goes through month by month detailing how her goals increased her happiness. Trying a Happiness Project does not mean you are unhappy, rather that you simply want to increase the amount of happiness you have in your life. I loved this book and after checking out other people’s versions of a Happiness Project, I have been inspired to try my own.

For 2018, I have prepared my own Happiness Project complete with monthly goals and will share how it’s going here! January is a great month to organize and clear out some clutter. My first month’s goals include organizing all my closets and drawers, tidying up for 10 minutes every day, getting enough sleep and exercise everyday, and tracking my progress in a journal everyday.

These two make me happy, that’s for sure. 🙂 Tracking my daily progress on a chart will help me see how I’m doing and I’ll check in soon to let you know how it’s going. January is certainly the month for resolutions and goals so in addition to the beginning of my Happiness Project I have signed up for a Plastic-free Challenge at work!

For the month of January I pledged to give up “The Big Four” which includes plastic bags, takeaway coffee cups, plastic water bottles, and plastic straws. My friend Ashley drew up this adorable tiny guide to creating less waste using alternatives. She is heading up our plastic-free initiative and has great information and tips on living more sustainably on her blog. I am armed with my reusable shopping bags, reusable water bottles and mugs, and have my “no straw please” practiced and ready for the next server who brings me some water. If you want more ideas on how to prepare to live more plastic and waste free, check out Ashley’s post. It has tons of great info and links to some great products.

I had some time this week to get prepped and ready for my plastic-free, happiness-seeking, organizing extravaganza and am feeling pretty excited for January! I whipped up a batch of nutritious cinnamon whole wheat muffins for breakfasts this week and some extra to freeze for a healthy snack anytime.

Bodie is fire in this muffin pic. He could be a professional puppy model. He’s such a good helper in the kitchen too.

They turned out great and I’m glad I don’t have think about breakfast in the 5 a.m. hour this week. Hopefully this will help me stick to my plan to boycott Starbucks this month. Not only will it be good for my wallet and waistline, it means I don’t need to worry about one of the Big Four, takeaway coffee cups. While you can bring your own mug and have it filled with coffee, this is the best choice for me and I have been wanting to get my cinnamon dulce latte habit under control lately anyway.

I hope you all are going into the New Year full of hope and excitement! We spent the New Year warm and cuddled up on the couch watching the ball drop on TV. #partyhard Have a great week, I’ll catch up with you on the weekend!

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