I still haven’t finished the book. It sits on my dining table, my bedside table, and the couch and every once in a while, I pick it up and read a chapter or two. But it’s not because it’s a slow read, it’s because I’m savoring it. There are very few books that make me feel the way this one does. It calms me but motivates me. It reminds me that my life is about making me happy and nothing else. I know it sounds selfish but a lot of making myself happy means helping other people be happy too. 🙂 I’m talking about the Happiness Project. It’s amazing. Read more about it in my Healthful, Happy, and Loving Project post.
So, as promised, I will continue my efforts by revising and adding to my March Goals.
First, My Commandments. I read a list of these every morning. It reminds me what to focus on when I start to lose my footing.
- Just because it’s fun for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s fun for me.
Me is the perfect person for me to be. (< I realized that I don’t actually have a lot of trouble with this one)
- It’s NOT “doing nothing,” it IS “active relaxation.”
- Life is play, not an endless stream of work.
- A true smile and laugh can change a whole conversation.
- Want what I already have.
- I don’t have to be good at everything
- When I’m sad, stop thinking of the future. Just smile and make that moment happier.
- Be happy when I succeed.
Second, a review of March Goals.
- Take a 5-minute walk down the block, every morning between shower and work. SLOWLY. (This was amazingly effective. It slowed me down after rushing around all morning like a headless chicken. It helped me be more productive and relaxed during the work day.)
- When I’m sad, stop thinking of the future. Just smile and try to make that moment happier.
(I actually didn’t have too many unhappy moments in 2 weeks but I anticipate that they will happen. So I’m adding it to the commandments.)
- Choose a day of the week to talk to each parent and sibling. Like I do with Gran. (Did this!)
- Read this list every day. (Great reminder and totally necessary for this project)
- Remember to be happy when I succeed. (Something I DEFINITELY need to work on. This is added to the Commandments.)
And finally! My April Goals:
- Continue the daily, 10-minute walks.
- Create a folder for design inspiration. I read lots of design magazines and websites. Visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Chicago this weekend made me realize how much pent-up design energy I have. I want to have a folder on my computer for digital archives and a physical folder for magazine and newspaper articles. I’m hoping this will help me start sketching again too.
- Learn to cook with the Vitamix: juice, smoothies, soup, and ice cream. I got my tax return so I’m going to buy it today. YAY!!
- Finish the two health books I’ve been page through for the last 2 months.
- Eat at least one raw meal per day.
- Have at least one entirely vegetarian day per week.
- Read this list every day.
I’ll keep you updated with part of this that are working and parts that aren’t. Did anyone else read this book and love it?
Ashley Life Update:
Mike and I spent this weekend in Oak Park, a suburb just outside Chicago. We were celebrating our 1-year anniversary and seeing a few sites that we hadn’t got to yet. We don’t know where we’ll be moving in June so we want to see as much of Chicago as possible. We stayed at an eccentric yet absolutely lovely Bed and Breakfast. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about opening my own Healthy B&B. To the extent that I’ve designed most of the rooms in my head and know the general rules that I’d like to operate under (ie. huge, comfy beds and soft towels, simple healthy meals, and a gym for sure). Now I just have to figure out where the money will come from. Hah.
Mike took the NRA intro to guns class I got him for Christmas well I slept off the lingering and oh-so-annoying flu. Then he met me at FLW’s Robie House in Hyde Park. That night was spent out on the town. We don’t like to party much but when we have a free night and a city full of entertainment, we take advantage. Mike treated me to a very chic, very delicious dinner at an underground jazz/prohibition bar and then we went dancing uptown.
Sunday (Easter!) was spent touring the FLW house and studio around the corner from our B&B and visited Trader Joes (man I miss that place!) before the 3 hour drive back to Peoria. We sort of just ignored easter. Much to my chagrin, without any kids or parents around, there wasn’t any good excuse for an Easter egg hunt.
I hope you all had relaxing and family filled holidays! Love and hugs – Ash