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My Happiness Project

It's December and I'm cheating, or let's just call it planning ahead. I've already decided on my OLW--one little word for those unsure. Happiness. It really cannot be overrated. I bought myself two presents for Christmas. I do that. I like to be sure I give myself something that I know I'll use. The cheating part is that I'm already reading one of the books.

This book:

I'm reading it because I need to be ready on January 1 to spring into action. Based on this book which is well written and perfect for someone like me who really needs to plan and set goals, I have decided to slow way down on my writing freelance work and focus only on writing a children's chapter book. I've given myself three months which means either March 1 or April 1 depending on when I hit my stride. Even I agree that it may be missing the mark to start this project December 1 since that is such a busy month, but I'm leaving that option open. So I'm wrapping up all of my other projects and focusing solely on my family, my teaching, and this writing project. For some, this might seem like a lot, but for me it's a major slow down and I'm thrilled. The funny thing is that I never expected to be headed in this direction. I felt like I was wanting to leave teaching, but what I found was that I'm a teacher and teachers don't leave teaching. They can't. It's in their blood.

The second book which may be exciting for some of you as well is her companion journal:
It is so pretty and that makes me happy. Inside are five lines per day, for the five years of the journal record. I am going to write one sentence per day starting January 1 about what made me happy that day. I'm excited. Why? Because I can do it. This is a no-brainer for me. When I saw this quote, I knew this was my path.

Comments

  1. I love how you started this. You are cheating by starting early. Cheating with buying yourself Christmas gifts. Hahaha!!! I LOVE the rebellious spirit! As for beginning in December, I read this post by Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook yesterday and I thought you might appreciate it! LOVE your OLW. I am working on mine. And for the record, I don't think there's any cheating!! Your enthusiasm is contagious!!! https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/posts/926682294080553:0

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    1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that post by Gilbert. Thank you for sharing. I need to live it every day. It may not be perfect, but it will be mine and a step forward. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I also LOVED this book and I have become a huge fan of the author. My favorite of her books is about habits ~ it also has a journal. Good luck on your project!

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  3. This book is wonderful, shared among my colleagues a few years ago, and we think it made our year better, Kimberley. You sound happy already, with some set goals to help you love December and get ready for the new year! What wonderful goals!

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  4. I need to get these gifts for me! I'm also setting time aside for a middle grade perhaps we novel - perhaps we can have us a writing group of two!

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    1. Tara, do you VOX? I would totally be into a support group for teachers writing books (or even just you and me!). xo

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  5. Happiness is a wonderful word for a year. I enjoyed Gretchen's book. I didn't start a project but picked some useful advice and attitude from her. Your new OLW is already working its magic.

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  6. I like how you think and then take a step, then take another one... You are on your way! The OLW is working inside me. I can't make it go away. Funny how I can put off many things when Dec. starts. Talk to me about Christmas trees and I get weak in the knees. Do I really have to do one? But when it comes to words, my mind's all over it. Kindred spirits, we are.

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  7. I've been thinking about a new OLW, too. Happiness is a great one! I just watched Gretchen Rubin on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gfr2kjGtzk

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  8. Kimberly, Happiness-seeing & happiness-making is more important than ever before in my life. This post resonates with me.

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  9. I am almost through my second 10-year diary. There is space on each page for more than just a line, but it is fascinating to look back on a day or a season through the years of memories. This will be a very happy journey, indeed!

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  10. What a wonderful way to journal!

    And what powerful words..."what I found was that I'm a teacher and teachers don't leave teaching. They can't. It's in their blood."

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