A friend from long ago with whom I’ve reconnected on Facebook recently posed the following query: “Instead of traditional Resolutions this new year, I will be following The Happiness Project (by Gretchen Rubin) and starting my own happiness project. Anyone interested in doing this with me?”
I immediately responded with the equivalent of “hell, yes!”
I read Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project earlier this year and fell in love with the idea of figuring out what made me really happy and finding a way to get there. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good life: a family I love, a comfortable existence, and I really want for nothing. But still there occasionally is a glimmer of “ooh, that doesn’t feel quite right,” something I can’t quite put my finger on, and I’ve been aching to figure out what, and more importantly, how to resolve it. At roughly halfway through my life, I should know it already.
All that being said, I was hesitant to take on such a project by myself for the simple reason that I was afraid without accountability I would simply abandon ship when it got too hard to fit into my schedule. So my friend’s idea was heaven sent, and I’ve made myself a promise (decidedly NOT a resolution) that I will spend as much time as I’m able trying to figure out what makes me really happy – not just content, but jump for joy happy – and how to get there.
I went out this past weekend and purchased a lovely new notebook, which I’m hopeful will be the first of many I’ll fill on my journey.
And I’m starting this blog, which I’ll share with friends and family in the hopes that maybe my journey and discoveries will bring a smile to somebody’s face.
Happy new year to all. Here’s hoping 2013 – the year that, according to the Mayans, was never supposed to be – is everything we all hope for.