3 Little Things

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Even before I stumbled upon Chronically Distracted and Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I shared a long list of goals for 2012 here. I had decided that this was the year that I was finally going to make changes I have long put off for “someday”, and in the words of Henry David Thoreau, I was going to “go confidently in the direction of {my} dreams and live the life {I} have imagined.”

As with all things in life, I knew that in order to be successful I needed a plan. A series of smaller goals would surely be easier to tackle than monster goals like “I want to be healthy” would be. I mean, I do want to be healthy but there are so many tiny changes I can and should make to get there and accomplishing those little goals is where my focus has to be. Otherwise, I tend to get overwhelmed and quit before I even start.

Three changes that I wanted to make this month {in keeping with the Happiness Project theme of vitality} were:

  • Make food choices that give me energy rather than make me slug-like
  • Start exercising regularly {at least 3 times a week}
  • Spend more time playing with my kids

I’ve made awesome progress on the first one which is reflected in the weight I’ve lost since the beginning of the year. The second one has been hit or miss – I just need to figure out a way to remind myself that exercising makes me feel vital and accomplished. The last change has been a learning process even though I feel like it shouldn’t be. It’s about making choices like the one to just let some things go undone in order to do what I really want which is to have meaningful relationships with my boys.

For the first time in a long time I think my head is in exactly the right place to make the changes that will ultimately lead to a happier version of me and that feels good.

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  1. I feel the same way about exercise!!1 I LOVE the way I feel about it, but forget the feeling soon after. I am trying to find a way to remind myself of that feeling! Congrats on the weight loss!

  2. Thanks for linking up at Chronically Distracted! Your goals are so similar to my own. And isn’t it weird that we have to make “playing with our children” a goal? Something you said a few weeks ago about setting your phone screen to a message that reads “stay in the moment” has REALLY sat with me. I haven’t changed mine yet but I SWEAR I think about it EVERY time I pull out my phone during a meal or just hanging out. With that said, I must step away from the computer because it’s a beautiful sunny February day and my girl wants to go outside! Have a great weekend!!

  3. I loved the book the Happiness Project. So motivating to find your own happiness.

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