Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Happiness Project - March

As you know, March kicked off the, for me, much beloved 40 Bags In 40 Days, which also makes March the perfect month for my happiness project goal to be Lighten Up. I mean for this to be both literal and figurative. Consequently, my steps to reach my goal this month are:

1. Let It Go: here's where the 40 Bags comes in. I have a plan for 40 different areas in my house to work on. I fell behind on but worked hard this weekend and have two rooms done. I've even gotten The Big Guy starting to sign on. A couple of bags of trash have gone out, a couple of bags worth of stuff has gone into recycling, a bag is ready to donate, and a bag of winter gear will go to a local homeless shelter later this week.

2. Take Time To Be Silly And Laugh - Time with friends and family always helps with this one and a trip to see my baby great-niece later this month will allow me to be ridiculously silly. I just got a new Nora Ephron book to read this month and that lady always made me laugh. Some funny movies will definitely be on the agenda!

3. Lose Some Mental Weight: Tackle A Nagging Task - Once I've gotten through a couple of major areas during 40 Days, I'll decide which task this is going to be. I've got a couple of things in mind, just need to decide what fits but is also realistic to pack into the month.

4. Dance - I used to dance around the house all of the time. I danced as I cooked. I turned on music and danced while I cleaned. I danced with the kids. I can't remember the last time I danced in my house. I'm going to dance again. It will likely be ugly but who cares?!

What would you do to lighten up in your life?


  1. I love this post! Like you, I was behind on 40 bags in 40 days, but I have caught up and am on track with it now :) The idea of lightening up is such a great one. I plan on doing so with my choice of books and TV shows. I also want to try to catch up with some friends - we always seem too busy lately to do so. Cut my hair, which always makes me feel lighter. And, laugh more - I need to. Good luck to both of us :)

  2. I love all of this and that you're combining emotional letting go with 40 Bags in 40 Days! Enjoy your dancing. It's amazing what we let go for no reason. Your question has me thinking on what I can do to lighten up.

  3. I think all these goals sound perfect! Especially the dancing! I will share a little secret I have - I'm not the world's most comfortable person on an airplane - have some anxiety and let's call it what it is - fear. Anyway, I put together a playlist of music at one point that I called 'the best of the best' and used to listen to it the whole time I was on a flight or as much of it as I could. I also listened to it when I was in the dentist's chair. Now, I know that your issue is not anxiety, but as I said, the dancing sounds perfect. I was mentally dancing. Good luck!

  4. I feel like I need to socialize a little bit outside of the home but I do a lot of volunteer work and taking more time away from the family is not really going to work for me. At least, not in the immediate future. My daughter has been noticing my time away which is weird because most of the time she is holed up in her room.

    I also really need to go through my house and toss stuff. I hate to be wasteful but if I died I'd be pretty appalled to have someone go through my things. LOL.