January can be a really tough month, and as the end of the month (pay-daaaaaaaaay!) approaches I have been thinking a lot about happiness. It’s so easy to get bogged down with the shit parts of life, especially at this time of year. The high of Christmas has dissipated, the funds available in my bank have equally dissipated, the house is bare of all the sparkle that came with December (seriously, my face when the Christmas tree arrived!) and life is back to normal, monotonous days filled with washing, de-cluttering post Christmas, still trying to find homes for all the new toys that don’t involve making my house look like a pre-school on hallucinogenic drugs.
I have been spending a lot of time this month doing things like the family budget, meal planning, pre-spring cleaning, and dealing with sick kids. All of these things are totally necessary but totally boring. Pre-kids, when I was working full time and running a busy retail business, I always scheduled myself a day off on the day that the Christmas decorations were due to be taken down, simply because I knew that seeing them come down would be the first step to depressing the hell out of me and ruining January. Instead, I spent most of the month enjoying the quiet and dealing with business things that had been bugging me for the whole of December but that I had just been too busy to get around to. Making the most of the month helped to feel more positive.
These days it’s harder to switch off from the mundane, especially as I am still on maternity leave, so I don’t even have my part time job to distract me. So I have decided to try to document one thing in every day that makes me happy, for 28 days. A whole month of positive affirmations (cringe) of why life is good.
As it turns out, I definitely need a very specific set of new stationary in order to achieve my goal. Cue one happy thing for today; stationary shopping and designing! I will be posting my full 28 days on Saturday 18th February, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, here’s my first few days of happy;
21.1.17 – Weighing myself and losing 2lb (even after having a crappy week with a sick baby and treating myself to a Dominos lunch on Wednesday!)
22.1.17 – Exploring ice in the local park with Amelia. She was so enthralled with the frozen pond and seeing her little brain tick over as we looked at ice formations in the grass was priceless. To see something which is usually an irritating symptom of the cold winter months through a child’s eyes reminded me how amazing it is to help her explore and learn about the world every day (photos courtesy of Amelia’s great aunt).
23.1.17 – Wills is 6 months old today. Looking back over the last 6 months was a really good way to remind myself of the joys of motherhood, even if it doesn’t always feel joyful!
24.1.17 – Today was hard! Our bus to nursery got stuck in loads of traffic, getting the train home took forever because of yet more delays and cancellations, and Mr C is off work with a virus which totally threw me out of routine. BUT! I am designing some new stationary including a journal and diary which I hope to share with you when I post the conclusion to this challenge, and stationary makes me very, very happy!
UPDATE: YOU CAN NOW BUY THE 28 DAYS OF HAPPY JOURNAL HERE!