While I was thinking about my year ahead, I decided to re-read some of my favourite books this year.
One of those is Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin, especially because she’s releasing a new book just on The Four Tendencies (I can’t wait!) later this year.
I started listening on Monday, my first day back to work this year, and it’s been (dare I say?) even better listening the second time around.
Maybe it’s because I’m a super big fan of the podcast which started after I first listened to the book?
Anyway, in the book, she mentions The Happiness Project and how she focussed on 12 different projects over that year.
And that’s when I had my bright idea.
I’m going to do my own version of a Happiness Project. My Year of Happy!
Basically, I’m going to focus on 10 different areas in my life, 1 for the months February – November. January is for thinking it all through and December is for relaxing and wrapping up the year 🙂
My areas are health, finances, holidays, friends, kids, husband, house projects – decor, house projects – decluttering, faith/ God and fun – reading, photos, crafts. I probably have 2 – 3 things I want to do for each area and that’s plenty.
Also, when I get x and y done, they’re done! Which is so satisfying to me, especially because for many years I’ve had ongoing goals on my list so 3 of this per month, or 2 of that per month, or doing project x every month. I think I’ll have a mix of recurring goals and once-off.
Does a happiness project sound like fun to you?
If yes, great stuff. We can post pics of our little projects on Instagram 🙂 and if you’re an Upholder like me, you’ll have no trouble at all planning out your year and making your year happy as you do your projects. If you’re a Rebel, you’ll do a project only if you want, and on your terms.
But for the Obligers and the Questioners, those that need a bit more accountability, I’m holding a Year of Happy accountability group.
How it will work
You decide on your own 10 projects – one for each month Feb to Nov – or fewer if you want to repeat some categories. It’s your life; you choose. You know what your life is like so you can choose easy things in your busier months so that this is not something stressful.
Your projects will be different to the next person’s. There is no one size fits all.
We kick off on Goals Night, 31 January.
We will use Skype audio or IMO (if the video doesn’t have too much lag).
We will have monthly group coaching/ accountability calls every month. Sometimes I’ll also do some live teaching/ workshopping (like on bullet journalling) but not every month since I don’t want people to feel frustrated that they’re not being heard. We will give feedback and set our intentions for the month ahead.
At the mid-point of each month, I will have some “open office time” for 5-minute calls. This is specifically so if you want to chat/ brainstorm very specifically outside of the group.
In between you work on your own stuff by yourself.
Then we wrap the 2017 year of happy on 30 November, rejoicing in a year well-intentioned and well-spent.
The best thing about all of this is you remain in the comfort of your own home, in your pyjamas, make-up free, while getting the support and encouragement to go make yourself happy.
Only $25 per month or R345 at today’s exchange rate. I was aiming at R350. If this is something that you really want but that amount doesn’t work for you, then you can pay what you can. It’s my year of give and you get to benefit 🙂
There’s no commitment to stay for the full year – stop whenever you want.
Are you interested? Email me and we’ll take it from there.