Learning To Stress Less/The Happiness Project

As some of you know, my life in the past three and a half years has been...less than relaxing. 

Need a summary? 

Barely graduated high school after being plagued with six weeks of mono during finals week.
Broke up with my boyfriend of six months. 
Moved to Michigan. 
Started college.
Began a new relationship.
Broke off that relationship.
Worked three jobs.
Flunked out of college.
Began a new relationship.
Transferred schools and started again. 
Finished second semester and moved back home with my parents. 
Started at a third college. 
Started a new, part-time job. 
Completed Semester Three at College Three. 
Got engaged. 

Planned a wedding. 
Got married once. 
Completed Semester Four at College Three. 
"Got married" again. 
Moved 900 miles east. 
Traveled to Hawaii for our honeymoon.
Started a new, full-time job that sucked every ounce of life and fun out of me. 
Traveled home to Illinois for the holidays. 
Made the decision for Josh to join the Army Reserves. 
Josh traveled to Ohio to visit his grandparents due to many medical complications. 
Quit my job "early" and we moved in with my parents for the summer. 
Traveled to Washington for a family vacation. 
Ran back and forth between Champaign and Aurora to tie up loose ends before Moving Day. 
And now, a week from yesterday, we'll be moving again. Then Josh will go to Canada for two weeks with his buddies and I will start my new full-time job. And a week after that? Josh starts school and goes to his first drill weekend. 

For those of you counting, that's three schools, six jobs, and five moves in three years (for myself, not including Joshua).

And that's just what's been going on in my life, not to mention what's been happening with the rest of mine and Josh's families. So it's been stressful and depressing...to say the least. Not that we haven't had some fun times, but all of this change and uprooting takes a toll on one's soul.

So this year, I've got some resolutions. It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the year, right? ;) 

In an effort to relieve some stress and to add more happiness to my life I've already done a few things: quit my makes-me-homicidal helluva job, whittled my Facebook friends list down from 416 to 173, bought a new computer which offered me a fresh, organized start, started reconstructing my wardrobe, and stopped biting my nails/made a habit of taking care of my nails and painting them regularly. It's amazing what a pretty polish can do for your self-esteem.

I've also purchased The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I can't wait to get started with this book and learn all of the simple ways to pursue happiness. I expect great things. :) 

A few other items on my list? Exercise regularly, get back on the "good food" wagon, dress better, take a non-credit class just for fun, complete at least one new recipe and one new craft per week, get involved with other women, and read at least one book per month.

Who's going to hold me to these goals? What are some of your favorite ways to embrace happiness in your everyday life? 

I'll be publishing a tab dedicated to my "Happiness Project" to document my progress. Stay tuned and let me know if you're interested in getting involved! :)


Brittany said...

I think I need to start stressing less, too. I like your list...I'm trying new crafts/recipes and getting out of my shell more.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

That is a lot to handle in a few short years. I think you did right in shortening your fb friends and trying to focus on the positive.

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