live fully: happiness project

I started thinking about (and attempting) my Happiness project back in April of 2011: My Happiness Project Starts Today. Since then, I stopped and re-started the project a number of times until October 2013, when I sat down for a weekend, got myself organized, made a list of topics, and started it for real. I’ve been at it for a few years, and I finally have a sense of having accomplished something.

I wrote about how I broke my project down into monthly topics and yearly themes in order to set goals.

2014 : Simplify and Prepare, red : Organize, reduce, emergency preparations
2015 : Empower, orange : Physical strength, energy, self-sufficiency, challenges
2016 : Create, yellow : Photography, guitar, knitting, crafts, cooking
2017 : Thrive, green : Learning, friends and family, travel, outings, volunteering

Books:
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others by Martha Stewart
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer

Blog Posts:
Overview: happiness project: monthly breakdown
Jan : Friends/Family/Social Networks
Feb : Appearance
Mar : House
Apr : Cooking/Creations
May : Volunteer
Jun : Blogs
Jul : Career
Aug : Exercise
Sep : Learning
Oct : Travels
Nov : Files/Finances
Dec : Health

4 apr 2013 : May 2013: Energy
1 may 2013 : May 2013: Energy
8 may 2013 : May 2013: Energy
5 jun 2013 : June 2013: Energy
2 nov 2013 : happiness project: finances + misc (nov)
18 nov 2013 : happiness project: finances + misc (nov) – update
5 dec 2013 : happiness project: health + misc (dec)

5 jan 2014 : happiness project: friends/family + misc (jan)
8 jan 2014 : happiness project: thrive
15 jan 2014 : on pretending to be a grownup
22 jan 2014 : Project 42++ aka Project 43
4 feb 2014 : Are We There Yet?
6 feb 2014 : happiness project: social networks + misc (feb)
mar 2014 : happiness project: house + misc (mar)
apr 2014 : happiness project: cooking + misc (apr)
may 2014 : happiness project: volunteer + misc (may)
jun 2014 : happiness project: blogs + misc (jun)
jul 2014 : happiness project: work + misc (jul)
jul 2014 : happiness project: SIMPLIFY & PREPARE
aug 2014 happiness project: exercise + misc (aug)
aug 2014 : don’t have time for this
sep 2014 : happiness project: learning + misc (sep)
19 sep 2014 : have time for this
oct 2014 : happiness project: travels + misc (oct)
nov 2014 : happiness project: files & finances + misc (nov)
dec 2014 : happiness project: health & self-care + misc (dec)

2015 : happiness project: EMPOWER and ENERGY (2015)
jan 2015 : happiness project: friends/family/social networks + misc (jan)
jan 2015 : Project43++ aka Project44
feb 2015 : happiness project: appearance + misc (feb)
mar 2015 : happiness project: house + misc (mar)
apr 2015 : happiness project: cooking + misc (apr)
may 2015 : happiness project: volunteer + misc (may)
jun 2015 : happiness project: blogs + misc (jun)
jul 2015 : happiness project: career (jul) + misc
aug 2015 : happiness project: exercise (aug) + misc
sep 2015 : happiness project: learning (sep) + misc
oct 2015 : happiness project: travel (oct) + misc
nov 2015 : happiness project: files/finances (nov) + misc
dec 2015 : happiness project: health/self-care (dec) + misc

2016 : happiness project: CREATE (2016)
jan 2016: happiness project: friends/family/social networks + misc (jan)
jan 2016: Project 45
feb 2016: happiness project: appearance + misc (feb)
mar 2016: happiness project: house + misc (mar)
apr 2016 : happiness project: cooking/creations + misc (apr)
may 2016 : happiness project: volunteering + misc (may)
jun 2016 : happiness project: blogs + misc (jun)
jul 2016 : happiness project: career + misc (jul)
aug 2016 : happiness project: exercise (aug) + misc
sep 2016 : happiness project: learning (sep) + misc
oct 2016 : happiness project: travel (oct) + misc
nov 2016 : happiness project: files & finances (nov) + misc
dec 2016 : happiness project: health/self-care (dec) + misc

2017 : happiness project: THRIVE (2017)
jan 2017: happiness project: friends/family/social networks + misc (jan)
jan 2017: Project 46
feb 2017: happiness project: appearance + misc (feb)
mar 2017: happiness project: house + misc (mar)
apr 2017: happiness project: cooking/creations + misc (apr)
may 2017 : happiness project: volunteering + misc (may)
june 2017 : happiness project: blogs + misc (jun)
jul 2017 : happiness project: career + misc (jul)
aug 2017 : happiness project: exercise + misc (aug)
sep 2017 : happiness project: learning (sep) + misc

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