August 2010 – Mindfulness
Focus: Bring more awareness to my emotions and identify needs that I may not be meeting adequately.
-Daily emotions log.
-Be aware of judgements.
-Breathe in a quiet moment.
September 2010 – Self Care
Focus: Do those things I know (or suspect) will help put me in a positive physical and emotional state.
-Get more sleep.
-Take a daily 10-minute walk outside.
-No sugar or alcohol.
-Veggies at every meal.
October 2010 – Order
Focus: Complete nagging tasks and make my home more of a refuge of calm.
-Complete one nagging task.
-Establish daily and weekly routines.
-Declutter and organize.
November 2010 – Writing
Focus: Jump start my writing practice and make it a part of my daily routine again.
-Write a novel.
-Establish a daily writing schedule.
December 2010 – Fun
Focus: Let myself have a ball.
-Set the stage for enjoyment.
-Make time for fun.
January 2011 – Explore
Focus: Go out on a bit of a limb and try some things I haven’t done before.
-Go cross-country skiing.
-Go dancing. In public.
-Try a martial art.
February 2011 – Marriage
Focus: Increase happiness in my bond with my husband.
-Make eye contact.
-Criticize with love (or not at all).
-Verbalize the positives.
March 2011 – Motherhood
Focus: Find and foster joy in my relationship with my children.
-Act goofy at least once every day.
-Take at least one photo of the kids each day.
-Keep a kid journal.
-Sit on the floor with the kids at least once every day.
April 2011 – Friendship/Social Life
Focus: Build and strengthen relationships with my friends and my extended family.
-Call one friend a week.
-Make three new friends.
-Have a mommy-date once a week.
May 2011 – Service
Focus: Experience the pleasure of giving to the wider community.
-Participate in two one-time volunteer activities this month.
-Help a friend.
-Determine one worthy cause to which to donate money each month.
-Practice random acts of kindness daily.
June 2011 – Sharing Happiness
Focus: Find and utilize ways in which to express my happiness in order to share it with others.
-Smile when I feel happy.
-Tell people when I feel happy.
-Use hugs as a greeting and a goodbye.
-Laugh out loud.
July 2011 – Practice and Reflect
Focus: Determine which practices are increasing my happiness and continue those. Reflect on the experience and record my impressions.