Monday, October 1, 2012

let's get personal: my happiness project/ 30 day challenge

it's the first day of october.

it's crazy to think i sat down 10 months ago and mapped out my new year's resolutions.  i love the idea of a new year's resolution as a fresh start, a new beginning. i typically make one big resolution a year to introduce into my life: writing a blog (2012, yep - style cuddle is it!). going vegetarian (2009). working out everyday (2007). learning the ukulele (2011, oops i didn't do so well on that one).

but why should a new year's resolution only be once a year? what about doing something for yourself more regularly? that's why i love the idea of trying something new for 30 days - as inspired by this ted talk by matt cutts. cutts suggests doing just one thing you have always wanted to everyday for a month and see what happens. and i've been meaning to do a challenge since my friend shared this video with me last year.

it just so happens that i started reading the happiness project by gretchin rubin, a book basically about introducing simple life improvements to change your state of mind (her mantra is "act the way you want to feel").  rubin's idea of treating happiness like a practice and a 30 day challenge seem like a perfect marriage for an almost-the-end-of-the-year resolution. so into the next few weeks/months i want to do 1, a happiness project; and 2, a 30 day challenge. i'll let you know how it goes on november 1!

have you read the happiness project or done/would like to do a 30 day challenge? i'd love to know what you think.

image: cat deely for tatler october 2012, via here

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