Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 - A Year of Challenges

Although we're already past the mid-way mark into the first month of the new year, Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and safe 2010.

2009 was a year of challenges in our household, to say the least. Those challenges have put a great many things into perspective and caused growth that I didn't know was even possible at this point in my life. Without getting into the nitty gritty, I am thankful for the growth opportunities yet looking forward to a new year with a clean slate and plenty of more growing, learning and loving.

On this note, I am reading a new book, called The Happiness Project. It is the story of how one woman searches for her happiness. This is not to say that she is not happy in her life already but that she's reached a point where she wants to know "can I be happier?" and devises a plan, after extensive research on the subject of happiness, of how she can be happier by doing different things each month in order to be happier. They're not life altering goals but little by little she is striving toward smaller goals which make not only her, but those around her happier as well.

While I have not finished her book, but I intend to quite soon, I know that I want to embark upon this journey as well. Let's start with what might not always be as obvious as I want it to be: I am not unhappy. I love my husband, my kidlets, my dogs, my house, my work, my friends and family. I think that there is room in my life for more happiness. The way I figure it, the more I have, the more I emit, the more I can give to those around me who may not be quite as happy as they want to be.

I haven't come up with an entire short list of goals yet, but I can tell you that one of my January goals will be to update my blog more often than quarterly. Last year my blog was sadly forgotten in the hubub of life, even though it is one of my ways of releasing stress - talking about my day's journey or my week's journey ... it was pushed to the wayside because I thought there were other, more important things that needed to be done.

So, today is the first of my many new blog entries. Sit back and enjoy the happiness, confusion and craziness that has become a part of the daily life in our household. Feel free to give your comments, I love to see them.

Happy Hump Day!

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