I have this friend named Martin, and not only is he an amazing human, he’s a person I feel truly blessed to know. There are very few blogs I read of my own accord, and you can bet his is one of them. He’s even linked in my sidebar, because that’s what I do when I like what I’m reading. Well, Martin does this very cool thing called The Happiness Project, and considering the few rough years I’ve had, I asked if I could join in this year. Of course, he said yes.
Briefly (from Martin’s blog post), in 2017, a producer named Jared Paul hosted “The most Instagrammable pop-up in America”, Happy Place, in Chicago (it’s in Canada now). Apparently, it’s a colorful play space where you can “immerse yourself in happiness” for a few minutes. As Martin notes in his post, happiness is fleeting and the harder you look for it, the less likely you are to find it – even leading to more disconnection and loneliness (and the irony in the existence of a happiness pop-up is not lost on either of us). Instead of searching for happiness, it seems, it is much better to do the things that increase the hormones that lead to feelings of happiness, leading to sustained effect on your well-being. It should come as no surprise, then, that gratitude is on the top of the list of things to practice instead if you’re searching for happiness. In 2015, Martin documented on his blog at least one thing each day that he was grateful for, which helped him to stay positive even though trying times that year. He didn’t do it in 2016, and suffered enough consequences from the negativity all around, that he decided to pick it all back up in 2017, and he hasn’t looked back.
So, this year, I’m joining him. I am no stranger to gratitude journaling, but (and this is really no excuse) during the times I was going through all of those surgeries and procedures alone, I stopped being grateful for anything but that I had woken up the next day. Don’t get me wrong, that’s often enough, and now that I live with a mild form of PTSD and anxiety, that’s sometimes what keeps me going through a full day. However, I USED to get up every morning and journal for 5 minutes, hit the yoga mat for 15-30, and then journal again for another 5-10 minutes, before doing anything else that day. I was thriving then, and even when I wasn’t, negative things didn’t affect me as much as they do now.
Like Martin, I will return to this post every day and update with what I am grateful for and/or what made me happy that day. At the end of the year, I’ll have a record of the great things that happened over the year, and I’m doing this in pubic, so I’ll be accountable. And yes, I’m back dating, because if I wait, I’ll forget. Also, I’m living in a hotel for the first week of the year, and there’s not much to be grateful for on the surface.
Two-Week Notices at shitty “retail” jobs. Today I handed in mine.
Day off. Kinda. I have plenty of freelance to keep me busy.
Dr. Sande is a great chiropractor to work with. I know I’m supposed to be grateful for any job I get, but I’m not, and I think that’s a bunch of bullshit. There are two of these docs that really suck to be around, and I can’t take their sexist, xenophobic shit much longer. I guess today I’m grateful that I have a voice and know what not to tolerate anymore.
I have a blog. It’s not a huge blog. All the same, I’m excited to have it, even if I don’t update it like I’m supposed to with this challenge. I’m even excited to be running this alongside Martin’s, even if I’m not keeping up.
Have decided to push through this retail BS and focus on putting my business back together. I have a little wiggle room to get things done, and plan to launch ASAP – but officially by February 1. I don’t want to wait that long, though, so stay tuned!
I’m so grateful that I have a little patience, because when you’re working in a retail setting people are usually so rude and entitled. I didn’t always have patience, so the fact that I’m exhibiting a modicum is another thing that’s big news for me.
It’s Payday. First car payment in 20 years. That’s huge news for me. Here’s to finally having a credit rating!
I have a sense of humor, and it’s freaking amazing. I’m literally the funniest person I know.
Got SO much done, including cleaning the road salt off of Vanellope. I believe she drives better when she’s clean. Your mileage may vary. heh.
First staff meeting of the year. The girls called me out about my crush on a patient. I don’t know what they’re talking about.
Tonight, I am grateful for exhaustion, and that my composition seems to mostly be back. It’s going to be a short night, and a long day, but Wednesday I’m off…from the retail job, anyway.
I am grateful for my group of friends that I have the privilege of watching football with, and also with whom I go to dinner regularly, as well as watch movies. I am truly blessed to have friends with some of the same interests as I have.
So grateful that I can’t remember what happened this day, because I’m updating 2 days late *gasp*. I remember that I went to my stinkin (er…awesome) retail job, and I am incredibly grateful for its existence, but not for long. Which makes me grateful that I still have the capability to work in a retail setting, and also grateful that I decided a long time ago that I didn’t like it and should focus on my businesses (English Editing for Speakers of Other Languages and Terra of all Trades).
My body’s ability to heal is astounding. I still feel like crap, but on no longer vomiting or otherwise involuntarily excreting. So grateful for that.
My body works. I haven’t been so violently ill from food poisoning, maybe ever. Nor have I done it alone in a hotel. I’m so grateful my body works to expel what’s bad for me.
Today, I got to meet my good friend Jenn at Village Inn, and we got to vent, and I’m so grateful that I have a friend that I can see every week and vent with.
Spent my first night in the hotel room, and the best thing about this is that they gave me the accessible room, so my shower head is hand-held and the tub is a little larger than normal.