Monday, January 02, 2012

Happiness Blog Hop: Boot Camp Perfect

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop.  This is hosted each month by Stephanie Medley-Rath at Scrapworthy Lives.  You should be arriving from Melissa's Blog, but if not, feel free to jump in and then check out the other blogs in the hop.  

This is the last month in this particular blog hop.  I am sad to see this hop come to an end.  It has been fun.  I read the book either at the end of last year or very early on in this year (from the library), but I decided to buy it for my Kindle so I will have it as a constant reminder.  

The theme for the month of December was Boot Camp Perfect.  In the Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin tries to follow through with all of her resolutions in one month during the month of December.  I didn't consciously set out to do that, but I think that, for the most part, I kept up with everything that I needed to, and accomplished most of what I set out to accomplish for the month.  There were things that I let go, and even though I might have been disappointed in the time that I wasn't able to juggle everything, I know in the long run, it was better to leave some things unfinished rather than to try to get everything done on time and totally stress out about every little thing.  

One of the main things during December, for us, is family.  We don't have big families, but we always end up hosting every holiday meal at our house.  Usually, there is stress involved, and this year was no different.  But Tim and I did take a teeny bit of time out from the crazy holiday schedule to have a date night.  We wouldn't have done it if left to our own devices, but Jessica was determined that we get out of the house and have a special night out.  It made me think about the need to focus on marriage and our relationship and not get so caught up in the day to day busyness.  We had a lovely dinner out at a restaurant we hadn't tried before, but it was one that actually recommended reservations.  It had lots of nice reviews, so it was a good thing we made reservations because we ended up still having to wait for over a half an hour.  It was just a dinner out, but it was really nice to get dressed up and to go out as adults and not have to worry about anything else for the evening.  

The other day, I created a little scrapbook page as a reminder of our night out and a reminder that we need to do it more often.  The journaling just talked about our night out and the fact that we forgot to get a picture of ourselves all dressed up, so we had to try and take one of ourselves right before we went to bed (thus the poor angle).  

I hope to keep up with the ideas from the Happiness Project in the years ahead and incorporate other aspects into my life as well.  There is always room for improvement and extra happiness.

Next up on the blog hop is Stephanie at Scrapworthy Lives (Stephanie, thank you so much for hosting and allowing me to be part of your Blog Hop!) 

The full list of participants is below:
Kiss & Tell Scrapbooking
Melissa’s Blog
Scraps & Sass
Scrapworthy Lives
Slice of Life
Take a Picture and Remember This
This Kalil Life
Your Memory Connection


Tammy said...

Date night in the middle of holiday craziness is such a great idea. Love that you created a page to remind you to do it more often. I have the book on my Kindle too - it's great to refer back to certain ideas when you need to! :)

Kimberly DeMucha Kalil said...

What an adorable layout and what a fabulous memory to scrap and save. I think I need to be better about scheduling time for me and my husband ... and then documenting it! Thanks for the inspiration.

Katie Scott Scrapbooking said...

Love Your Date Night page! I just finished my blog hop post so it is up now :)