I often wonder what inspires other people to change, and I do not mean slowly over time. I mean big drastic life changing changes. For me and my most recent change, which is doing Whole30, was inspired by a break up. I had changed during my relationship, and I did not necessarily like what I had become.
It was nothing bad or horrible, but I had started to eat very unhealthy and stopped working out as much. I felt like I needed a change, and I wanted to embrace the person I know I really am, which is a healthy, fitness fanatic, who likes to be crafty. I had stopped doing many of these things to hang out with my boyfriend. I had not meant to change, but I did.
Last month I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and decided that maybe I should start my own mini "happiness project." It is not nearly as in depth as hers, and I am not writing down everything I am doing like she did. However, I will do monthly check-ins on how it is going.
I decided the best way for me to be happy was to do a complete detox for my first month. For me that means the Whole30 and getting rid of everything negative in my life. I am also on a self-imposed detox from guys. For these 30 days I am focusing completely on myself, and I do not mean for that to sound selfish. I am doing it so I can grow as a person.
So what does my mini "happiness project" look like? Well, I have started working out again. To me nothing is better then going out for a run to clear your mind and get a new perspective on things. I am making an effort to keep in touch with my friends and see them more often. I am reading more and watching less T.V. One of my goals in life is to be on Jeopardy!, so I am trying to expand my knowledge as much as possible. I have also started crafting and sewing again, and lastly I started my blog.
To some people these may seem like small petty things, but to me I know that they will help me to come closer to being the person that I want to be. I know that my mini "happiness project" is perfect for me! I am half way through my detox and I am feeling great. I am finding my passion for life again, and isn't that what a happiness project is all about?
Have you done a happiness project or are you wanting to start one? I highly recommend reading "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. Who knows it might inspire you!