The Happiness Project Part Deux…

Last fall I started the book The Happiness Project…and loved it. But I am one of those people who struggles with resolutions of any kind, much less in the middle of the year. So, with 2011 upon me, I am making my “project” public.  The goal of the project is to live the life you want, both professionally and personally.  Realistically, we all want to have less stress, a cleaner house, better relationships, make more money/product, and more personal time- but living it can be a completely different story. So, I am making each month of this year a focus and then will blog at the end of the month to see what I learned.  I suppose by committing to that, it means I actually need to list the 12 things I want to work on in my own everyday existence.  The first step in the happiness project is the 12 commandments- I am putting them here for ease of use, but you can find all the details about the happiness project at The Happiness Project Blog

So.. thats where I started with my list.  In the photography industry, the last quarter is CRAZY, so the two weeks off gave me some much needed down time, but it also gave me some work perspective.  I realized I missed my kids, my husband and myself.  I forgot what it felt like to get up and do something just for ME. I know, in todays dog eat dog world it seems a lot of us feel that way.  I think for me, its taking the year to access what really makes me happy. So, here are my 12 months, in no particular order- I still have to do that, and develop the resolution chart to go with it…
  1. Exercise- well DUH
  2. Parenthood- More Family time and events
  3. Travel & leisure
  4. Time with friends
  5. Photography- 30 day project just for me
  6. Quality time with Mark- making my marriage a priority
  7. Cleaning, Cleaning and Organizing
  8. attitude- the power of the positive thought
  9. money-spending & saving
  10. Pay Attention
  11. work- aim higher
  12. Thankfulness

So, there it is…my list for 2011.  I am still on the fence about which I will do first, and how I am going to organize each category. I think I will complete in January 2012, so I can use this month to organize my plan.  So, since February is the month of love, I am going to begin with #6, and focus on my marriage.  I know that has to make Mark smile…


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  1. Stephanie says:

    I think that is a WONDERFUL plan. We all take so many things for granted in our everyday life. When you get to number 3 can you add Colorado into to your travel, Lol j/k. You are an amazing person and one of the strongest people I know. I really admire you Kel and I don’t know what I would do without you.

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