Happy New Year!

Soooooo, I didn’t get this written as early as I would have liked, but I’m glad I’m writing this now.  2016, it seems, was not a good year for a lot of people.  We lost many celebrities this year.  We lost many family/friends this past year too.  I will hold on to my happy memories of each person dearly, for they helped shaped my childhood and my life.  We did have some really good things happen to us this year, though, it does get you thinking… life is too short to waste it doing things that make you unhappy.  So I ask you…

Are you happy?  What can you do to make yourself happier?

I have decided that will be my one resolution this year.  To make myself happier.

How can I do that?

First, I made a list of 5 things that already make me happy.

My list includes:

1) Spending time with my husband and kids, my family and friends.  We get so busy with work and trying to get through day to day stuff that sometimes we forget to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.  I truly enjoy being with my family and with my friends.  So, I am going to try spending more time with family and friends.  It makes me happy.

2) Teaching art.  I love being in the classroom.  I am the teacher who tells you it is okay to get your hands dirty, the teacher that tells you that your work should NOT look like anyone else’s work, the teacher who teaches you about art – one of the finer things in life.

3) Creating art.  This is my way of meditating, of zoning out, of processing the million and one thoughts that running through my brain screaming at top volume for attention.

4) Sharing myself on this blog.  I was always a very shy person.  It wasn’t until my 30’s that I started feeling braver about speaking up and saying what is on my mind.  Creating this blog has really helped me overcome that last bit of shyness and be confident in speaking out.  Am I an expert on anything?  Nope, but I do have opinions and this has allowed me to share them confidently and thoughtfully.

5) Reading.  There is nothing like a good book.  I went from being someone who worked in a bookstore (a long time ago) and collected books as if they were diamonds to reading picture and board books once I had kids.  Why?  I’ve been so frazzled with adjusting to motherhood, that reading got pushed to the side.  I only recently in the last few months, starting reading for myself again.  Haven’t finished anything yet though…

Second, I made a list of 5 projects or goals that I would like to accomplish this year that would add to my happiness.

My project or goals that I would really like to accomplish this year are:

1) Build an emergency fund.  I can feel you scowling at me already.  Don’t say anything.  We have had a few tough years and now we have made progress towards spending more than we make.  We now need to focus on rebuilding that emergency fund in case we hit another rough patch again.

2) Build a “Buy a New Home” fund.  We are outgrowing our wonderful apartment.  We need another bathroom.  It is inevitable that as soon as one person goes in to use the bathroom, someone else is knocking on the door, telling you to hurry up.

3) De-clutter the apartment.  I feel as if there is a ghost that follows me around and clutters up the room as soon as my back is turned.  It is a never-ending battle, but I am determined to tackle this once and for all.

4) To get the website running really smoothly.  This way I can focus on other aspects of the blog like writing more and creating more cartoons for the blog.

5) To finally go to a Paint night, have brunch with friends, and to have a regular date night with my husband.  A friend of mine has been trying to get two of us to go for the longest time.  We gave ourselves a deadline, by the end of January we are leaving the kids with the husbands and going to go paint and have a good old gab session.  The same with brunch, Although, I never lost touch with a group of girlfriends, it was hard to actually get together and keep up with each other.  Same with date night with hubby, as new parents with two kids who got sick A LOT, we felt so guilty being away from them, even for a night out with each other that we could not enjoy ourselves.  Well, the kids are older and healthier now.  It’s time for us to go out and kick up our heels a little.

 

Notice that I didn’t put anything in there about losing weight or eating healthier, or breaking any other bad habits.  From everything I’ve seen and read, only the smallest fraction of people actually reach those sort of goals each year.  Why make myself unhappy with goals that I am most likely not goal to attain?  However, these projects/goals that I listed above are attainable, and I am sure that as I accomplish each one, I will feel more relaxed, more in control, and a little less frazzled.

Now, it’s your turn… I would love to hear what 5 goals you have for yourself this year that will make you happier.  Let’s make 2017 a happy year!

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