My Happiness Project: Closing July and Moving to AugustOk, wow! So somehow it's August this week. How did that happen? If I'm not paying attention, I am still writing June as the month we're in. I've got to get with the program before my favorite season of the year is over!
Here were my happiness projects for July along with an update for those of you who are following along!
- purge stuff: this went really well! I lost track of how many bags of stuff we donated-to friends and to local spots. It was a lot! We even got bookshelves and a daybed out of our home and into the homes of our friends who wanted them! And it's continued beyond the concentrated effort early in the month; as we find things that bug us or that we don't love (socks, plastic tupperware, etc.), we're getting them out of the house. I love the feeling of getting RID of things we don't want.
- create beauty: this went well and is continuing. I tackled a huge project in re-painting our first floor, very dark blue powder room. I had it painted when we first moved in during that phase that everyone was painting their walls black. I loved the creepy Victorian feeling of it for awhile, and then it just felt out of place. It's almost done now! I can't wait to show it off. Also, I removed all of the artwork from our walls and need to re-distribute it in new places where it feels like it belongs.
- use what we have: this has been a great mantra for me. When I get excited about house projects, I can really be caught up in the urge to bring more things into my house. Instead, this month I thought to myself, "Use what you have!" I literally turned around halfway to Home Depot one night after reminding myself that I already had plenty of projects and the materials to do them before adding yet another. This led to my powder room project! It was also the impetus behind re-hanging the art we have before launching into a big framing project for new art.
- do one of my husband's projects with him: this ended up working out very differently than I imagined! I imagined doing a physical project with him, but instead the two projects we did ended up being slightly different. One is health-related and has me feeling very supportive of him in a beautiful way, and the other was his idea! We've been sharing mini weekly assignments with each other-ways to keep each other accountable and also very loved. For example, I asked him to say the words "How can I help?" anytime he sensed that I was stressed during the first week. It's been a lot of fun hearing what each one would like the other to do!
For August, I'm going to move my focus away a bit from physical projects and focus on the emotional side more. Here are my items:
- Practice SOS. While reading parenting books somewhere in the last couple of years, I came across the idea of Step Back, Observe, and Speak on one of them. I think in my current job environment this could really serve me well instead of my usual Speak, Speak, Speak! And I'm sure my husband would think so, too.
- Nurture Friendships. My post this week about just hanging out has got me thinking a lot about the type of friend I am. I tend to have a few very close friends, and I love that about my life. This month I'd like to make time for my friends-old, close, new, and possible. I need to think about exactly how, but I think it involves saying "Yes" to more unstructured time as well as to making time for my casual friendships like those with neighbors.
- Enjoy the things about summer that I love. All winter long, I dream about summer food and fun, and I want to be sure to enjoy it while it's here. For me, this includes walks in nature, time in the sun, eating in-season produce, gardening, watching outdoor movies, and going to county fairs. I'm excited already!
|This week's mani-pedi in neon colors was all about living summer to its fullest!!|