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my happiness project

3 Sep

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen a tweet referencing the fact that I’m starting my very own Happiness Project

I started the project on Sept. 1st, and will be blogging about it at least monthly, possibly weekly depending on my work schedule.

I obviously got the idea after buying Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project.

I’m going to try and explain this project, and keep it concise – so bear with me here.

You really need to get this book to fully understand what the project is about. The author was a happy person with a happy life, but felt like she wasn’t fully enjoying what really mattered. In order to turn this around, she launched a one year project in which she took various scientific studies, wisdom, and other lessons about how to be happier. She broke everything down and assigned herself monthly goals, (for example: go to sleep earlier, start a blog, etc.) that made her a happier person.

I feel as though I am a happy person. I took the Authentic Happiness Inventory Questionnaire and score a 3.4 out of 5. However, lately I can’t help but feel as though I’ve kind of had a chip on my shoulder.
I think we all sometimes let the not-so-great things in life sort of take the lead, and I’m no exception. For one, I feel lonely living in Northern Ontario. It’s beautiful, but it just isn’t “home”. There has also been some not-so-great stuff going down at work in terms of labour relations, and that has probably affected me more than almost anything else this year. I work more, and enjoy it less.

I’m feeling less like myself everyday, and I know that I am heading toward a major relapse in terms of my bulimia nervosa.

texts between a friend and I

So this is it. I start this month. (Note, I am still working away at my 101 in 1001 project as well!)

my goals for september were indeed plagiarized from Gretchen Rubin herself. The focus is improving my energy:

– Go to sleep earlier
– Exercise better
– Toss, restore, organize
– tackle a nagging task
– act more energetic

How am I doing so far?? I’m failing. But in my defense, Britton and I are away this week in Waterloo with friends, so we aren’t home to do many of those things. I’m on track for exercising, but going to bed at 2am most days…

Stay tuned!

I’ll (hopefully) do a recap at the end of the week outlining my first week on the project!



thoughts on moving

29 Jul

Well, the great northern migration is the day after tomorrow – and tomorrow will be here in an hour.

I’m tired, I’m stressed, I’m sad, I’m excited, I’m scared and it just doesn’t feel real.

The whole thing has been bitter-sweet, but I would be lying if I said that right now I didn’t think it was mostly bitter.

I lived in Sudbury for 7 years, my mom and siblings (including my soul-sister, Jessica, until recently) live there… but it’s not home anymore. It’s just not. I’ve made a life in southern Ontario – most of my friends are here. I DO have other friends there, and I’m grateful for that – but I sort of feel like I’m starting over in some ways.

I also feel like my life in Northern Ontario was so isolated. There are things about the Canadian North that I LOVE – do not get me wrong – but I HATED the fact that the next closest big city is still HOURS away. In Chatham, we could always go to London or Windsor for an afternoon – and it was no big deal. KW is even better, Toronto is a mere 45 minutes away, and London maybe an hour?

I also hated how, for a fairly large city, the greater city of Sudbury (GCS?) had a small town feel, but only in the sense that EVERYONE knows your business. Maybe it’s the isolation I mentioned above? Maybe it’s the fact that such a HUGE percentage of the population are employed in the mining sector (hellooooo Inco!) and therefore everyone knows each other because our parents/in-laws/friends/etc all work together in some capacity???

I guess I should talk about the positives (and there ARE positives). That would likely make me feel better… I love the landscape. Sorry Southern Ontario – you’re too flat. I love the fact that you can sometimes see moose, or black bears – even in town! I love that it’s cottage country… and most of all, I am looking forward to the WINTERS. Yup. You heard it here first, folks. I would take a northern winter over a southern Ontario winter ANY day. It’s just not as humid. In the great lakes town of Chatham, I thought my limbs would fall off in -10 degree weather. I swear I could feel the cold in my bones. Heck, in Sudbury, when it’s – 10 it’s still relatively mild, and I feel comfortable enough to go for a walk as long as I’m dressed appropriately.

I’m not really sure where I was going with this post. I guess I just needed to vent.

In any case, the move is almost upon us and I need to get my rear in gear and get back to packing if this is going to go as smoothly as I’m hoping.