November 26, 2013

i am thinking of putting together my own personal happiness project for 2014.
part of me feels silly, because obviously next year is going to be . . . well, busy.  but if there is one thing i am learning more every day, it’s that life just keeps going.  and in delaying hopes and dreams until some more ‘convenient’ time, one runs an ever-growing risk of simply running out of days.

step 1: a mind-dump of plans/hopes/dreams/aspiration.  in reality, i would never try to fit all of these into 2014.

missing: some smaller plans/hopes/dreams/aspirations that don’t require large swathes of time or money, but could change the shape of every day.  like sleeping enough, avoiding certain evil distractions, eating in a mindful way, and incorporating regular, purposeful acts of kindness into each day.  will have to come up with more of those 🙂

and in other news, the maple glazed sweet potatoes for a’s preschool thanksgiving celebration are cool.

i had to make them to prove to myself i can still cook – i think it’s been over a month!  martha never did me wrong before, so hopefully these will be a hit with adults and toddlers alike.  just hoping i can get home in time to come!!


  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I like your list (or what I could see of it)…maybe you should pick a few (or a couple per month) and plan for how you could accomplish those goals in the next few years. Some of them definitely seem like "5 year" goals whereas others are one-time things. I do agree that its important to be aware of your priorities/goals so that you can, even in the tiniest baby steps, begin working towards them even during the crazy times of life.

  • Reply oldmdgirl March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I love your list of goals!

    As for the swimming goal, I actually learned to swim well enough to do a workout when I was 19, so it definitely can be done as an adult, you just have to stick with it. It also sometimes helps to have someone to watch you to give you pointers. I wish you lived near me so we could swim together!

  • Reply Laura Vanderkam March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Definitely keep going on the list and you’ll come up with more that are infinitely doable. My list of 100 dreams started off with big stuff (like going to the Netherlands, getting my novel published, etc) but by the end we’re talking stuff like "own a bike." This turned out to be fairly easy to accomplish!

  • Reply JennyPenny March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I find your list inspirational! I agree some goals might take longer, but the more fun when you get to them. Speaking of races, I took the family to Mallorca for a destination marathon this October. Such a fun way to travel!
    Cooking and reading, aaahh, I just realized how much I want to do that too.
    I think you have inspired me to make my own list!

  • Reply gn0mel0ver March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I would love to hear more about your happiness project. I bet it would be very inspirational. And you are going to be so busy! But in a good, happy way.

    During the holidays, I do a purposeful random act of kindness every day. Big ones are leaving a small gift card in one of my favorite books at the book store or buying coffee for the person behind me. Little ones are seeking out elderly women to give them compliments, taking back people’s carts at the grocery store, baking a huge tray of soft cookies for a convalescent home. It always puts the holidays into perspective for me and gives me a time out from the craziness!

    Have a great day!


  • Reply Kristy March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I like lists.

    My daughter has septo optic dysplasia and no response post synacthen, so she sees a peadiatiric endircronoligist.

    I thought i could tell you what makes a Dr a preferred service provider (i live in Australia) for me, to help you out with one of your goals.

    -preventing student doctors from approaching her if she is already shaken up (fine if she is in a good mood)
    -Being accessible – some doctors are impossible to get onto even when my daughter is in the ER, i think i communication policy or similar could help with this something like
    Non urgent – wait till next appointment or email with not urgent and patients name in subject expect to wait 7 working days for response
    Moderate – email and expect reponse within 3 working days
    Urgent – call clinic and expect contact within 1 hour
    Provide example of what you would consider each to be.
    – Friendly and approachable
    -Knowledgeable or know where to get the required information – for example my daughter had some testing once and Dr had not had time to refresh himself on dosage ect and was discussing it with the nurse in a ‘i think so’ kind of way, this made me uncomfortable and doubt wether the test was actually preformed correctly

    Hope that gives you come ideas..


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