This summer I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. That book inspired me to make some changes in my own life...no, not life-altering, earth-shaking changes. These are small things I can focus on to help me find joy in the everyday.
In the book, instead of making a huge resolution list, destined to fail, in January, Rubin broke her resolutions down into categories and tackles a category a month with a couple of main points for focus. She has a list of commandments that help her keep her priorities in line throughout the year.
In a former life, I was a very type-A, compulsive perfectionist. Ok, so I might not be that different now. But I do let a lot of things slide these days...a far cry from the stressed out second grader I was. Yes, really. Second grade. I was afraid that if I started a project like this, I would get overwhelmed by it, letting it take over. There's even a website, complete with lists, forums, and ideas. I think letting a project like this take over would kind of defeat the purpose.
So, I've decided to do a Happiness Project of my own without getting obsessive about it. I finished reading the book right around my birthday, so my months will begin/end on the 18th.
This past month's focus for me has been Home, specifically order in the home. My mottos this month have been "Everything in its place" and "Do it now." I have been on a serious decluttering mission and have a list of the areas that still need to be tackled. I started off with one area a day, and that worked well to keep me from burning out on the idea. I haven't done an area a day, but it's been close.