The Pursuit of Happiness is a monthly series that documents my journey to becoming a more fulfilled, successful and happier person.
I can’t believe that it has been 28 days since I sat at the computer and created this blog series. Where has the time gone? I have ummed and ahhed about how to go about writing up the second instalment. Do I simply review the targets that I set myself last month and include new ones at the bottom? Or do I write blog posts about each goal and recap and set new ones here?
I think that I have decided to do separate blog posts on each goal as the changes have been so great that I don’t want to cap how much I write about each one.
Here I will do a quick summary of the month and state my new intentions.
So let’s do this:
Now that I sit down and think about January as a whole I see how kind I have been to myself. I think that a great deal of this is down to journaling. I find that it brings me clarity. I sit down and furiously scribble what I am thinking and feeling in that exact moment and I have the choice to leave it on the page or let it re-enter my body. I find that I tend to let the good stuff back in and form memories and the negative emotions, days and events to form stories on the page that I can grow and learn from but do not let them back into my heart.
This helped with the bad couple of days that I very quickly realised that I was having on the 15th-16th January. I sat down and wrote about how I was feeling and quickly found that I could solve this for myself. I did not have to rely on someone else to make me happy. I also wanted to combine one of my monthly goals- exercise to the solution.
Instead of heading to the gym I threw on some wellies and got outdoors. It is by far my most special memory of the month and something that I want to make more time to do. It inspired my Happiness Toolbox series and left me happier in heart and head.
I have felt that this month has been devoted back into getting into the rhythm of work and there hasn’t been a great deal of time for myself. I think that this is fair after having almost a month off to celebrate Christmas with family and friends but I want to make more time for adventure, friends and relaxation during February.
I think that this is especially important for me as I know that when I am stressed and unhappy I throw myself into my work so that I can ignore these feelings. I need to tackle them head on and to confront them and find their solution.
There is also so much of this world that I want to see and whilst I can’t jet off to a new country each week *the dream* I can start getting out and exploring new areas of my own country more. I don’t know it very well and I want this to change.
I started going back to the gym in January also and whilst this has been somewhat eratic at the beginning of the month I have set a programme and I am sticking to it. The gym bug is back…now just to re-catch the healthier eating bug too!
I feel that this has been a month of growth. I feel the first few steps of this Pursuit of Happiness has been just the kick up the bum that I needed. I can safely say that I am happier than before…but still have a fair few miles to walk!
Looking back at January’s Goals
Wake Up/Bedtime Routines
Despite a slip that I had in the middle of the month I have made so much progress with this and it is definitely boosting my mood. I can’t wait to share my updated routines in a few days time!
Exercise and fuelling my body
Exercise was erratic at the start of the month but I am finally back into a routine of visiting the gym 5 times a week. I have seen great progress and will be sharing my fitness goals with you soon. I have gone from being able to run for 1 minute at a time to being able to run for 1.5km. Now that is progress that makes me happy!
My eating habits have not been great and will continue to be a focus of mine over the next month. The main meals that I am eating are super nourishing for me but I just can’t seem to stop snacking! Doesn’t help that I still have pile of chocolate and biscuits from Christmas lying around!
Bringing plants into my home
I can’t wait to share a blog post that I have been working on with you about my boys. They each have names and so far are not dead. I see them and I instantly smiled and this time last week my cleaner even caught me talking to them!
This really is something that I have wanted to do for such a long time and it brings me great peace of heart that I have done it.
Looking to February
Explore and visit three new places this month
I want to continue the sense of adventure that I re-found in January and explore three new places. They could be a new bookstore, a museum, city or village. The only rule is that I must have not been there before. I can’t wait to see the places that this will take me!
Reach out to old friends
My sadness was crippling and without realising that I was doing it I now see how far I pushed away old friends. I want to write letters to these people, to reach out my hand and to hopefully get my ass down to visit them and to start building new memories with the people that I love.
To pay off one credit card
I do not have huge, out of control credit card issues but I have some minor ones. I would like to pay at least one of these off by the end of this month. I think that I can do it! It would be nice to start working towards removing this dark shadow that occasionally rains down on me.
Are you doing anything to put your happiness at the centre of your life? If you are please share them with me as I would really love to read them!
The Pursuit of Happiness: January