A soaper friends mentioned this challenge of 30 days to happiness through just a bit of a mind change. A focus on being happy. Focus on positive. Focus. Move forward. Free up.
For 30 days in September do these 5 small steps:
2: Identify 3 new things you’re grateful for
3: One random act of kindness
4: Journal about one good thing that happened
Here are a few links about this. (and Shawn Achor’s TED talk is excellent and funny!)
This came at a good time. I have had a rough summer (and that really sucks as the winter blues are my usual struggle). My dog became very sick when I was on vacation and the stress and financial overload was a lot. When that happened all my happy I’d worked hard to create went out the door. I felt like … omg. I live in a house of cards and one little breeze and it will all crash to the earth. I went into a real funk. To a very negative space. I just spent a lot of time staring. I did my daily life stuff, but barely. I felt burnt out by everything. I was ready to give up on my livelihood (my biz) and my way of living. I haven’t been that down in … I have no idea, when. I kept trying to pep myself up, but I was having a hard time.
I did know that I needed to get out of this funk because it’s easy to focus on negative and “go there”. So, with the help of a good friend who said “sometimes a car has a good battery, but it just needs a jump start. I want to help you get your battery charged” and she helped me pay for my vacation 2.0 … I took a bit of down time two months later. I took my daughter and 3 of my dogs to the beach for a few days and got recharged. I stepped outside of my negative space and started moving forward.
I am redirecting my brain back to happy. I intend on moving forward.
The other day someone I know quit their job, packed up the car and left town because they didn’t want to be a “cog in the machine”. It was a sudden move and it made me go hmm …
I thought about that statement a lot. A cog in the machine.
I decided that it comes down to how you perceive your life. A cog in the machine? Okay. Let me think about this.
In some way we are all cogs in a machine. I am a cog in the machine of Faerie Made. I was a cog in the machine of working in the food service industry waiting tables. I was a cog in the machine of being a full time student. I was a cog in the machine of working in the social services sector.
We are all cogs in the machine of life. But how do you define life? by work only? Am I a cog in the machine because after I write this blog post I have to go feed my dogs and go make soap? Am I a cog in the machine because I have to figure out what to make for supper tonight?
His attitude on being a cog in the machine is negative and I think in self identifying oneself that is a recipe for disaster. My attitude on being a cog is that it is life. What’s so wrong with it? It is all how you perceive it.
My life isn’t easy. It’s a bit hard. I have a small business that I am trying to keep going in the face of economic hard times and rising costs of raw materials and rising costs of just plain ol’ living.
BUT BUT BUT!
I realize that life is more than work. Yes, I have to work in order to live. I can’t just “up and quit” as I don’t have that luxury. I have responsibilities to my family and to myself.
I can be happy and keep on going.
I just have to remind myself of that.
So, Day 1 is over:
Introspective space all day. No tv, no music. Just me, my thoughts.
Identify 3 new things youre grateful for
Raw corn on the cob
Les pooches brushes
One random act of kindness
I offered my eldest son who doesn’t live with me food to take to his house.
Journal about one good thing that happened
I blogged this.
Grooming dogs is pretty physical. I groomed 2 dogs and spent about 3.5 hours grooming the dogs and then cleaning up the mess afterwards.
On to Day 2.
I’m committing to 30 days of this challenge.
Anyone else ready?