Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Happiness Project (February Update)

If you've read any of my past posts you know that I was totally inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Each month of 2012 I've set aside for a specific purpose. January was totally inspiring. I organized every inch of my house, and since doing so have spent much less time moving piles from point A to point B. It has seriously changed the way I look at things.

February's goal was to do something sweet for my husband every day. I started out with a bang. There were notes on the mirror, on the laptop, on the bathroom sink. Then things started to fizzle. You see, my husband, the love of my life, is not really a note kind of guy. So I tried to think of other ways to show I loved him. I bought him Pringles on the day after he said he craved chips. I even surprised him with a date at Cluggys. Not overly romantic, but oh so fun! After a while I just sort of gave up thinking of ideas. Apparantly I'm not that creative. Do I feel like it was a failure? Absolutely not. Thinking consciously of my marriage helped me be more aware of how I treat Ysmaille, and at the end of the day that's what counts.

So, what's March's goal? Spring cleaning! On the agenda is washing curtains, baseboards, walls, etc. I even plan to borrow a shampooer and tackle the carpets. In all honesty I am a little tired just thinking about it, but I can't wait for the end product so I hope that's enough to get me motivated.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February- The Month of Love

My happiness project got off to a great start in January. It's true. My life feels so much more organized. February's focus is my marriage. I'm really working on keeping some of my opinions to myself. On Sunday I set out Amirah's outfit and when I got out of the shower she had on something totally different-- a new outfit that had never been washed. I was so proud of myself when I bit my tongue and told Ysmaille that she looked great. It's the little things, folks.

I've also been trying to do something little every day to show Ysmaille I love him. I've hidden notes in the laptop and in the bathroom. I wrote a note on the mirror. I've bought him vending machine snacks, made muffins and even made him a video (with Amirah's help). I'd love any ideas you have to offer...