Game on: Twenty Wishes

About a year ago I read a book called the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It inspired me to do little things that weren’t necessarily pleasureable but led to greater happiness, such as, meditating while waiting for traffic or the cashier at the store, making the time to do things I enjoyed but spent little time on, like playing with my children.

The book also inspired me to make resolutions including seeking a new role at my company, pay off all my debts ($50k worth in a year), move closer to family, exercise one hour daily, and get to know the community in which I live better. All these I have done successfully even though prior to reading the book I thought some things on my list nearly impossible to achieve. Once I became more mindful of these things somehow, I achieved them. In fact, I learned that success in one resolution led to success in another!

Recently, I finished reading a book called “Twenty Wishes” by Debbie Macomber. It has now inspired me to create a list of twenty things that I’ve always wanted to do but never found the time or courage and things I used to enjoy but stopped doing for some reason. So far, I’ve ten things on my list including falling in love, learning Spanish, visiting Paris, learning to knit to name a few.

I am so excited about this challenge! One thing that I noticed about the book was that at the beginning of the challenge each fictional character, like myself, had doubts about achieving their wishes. Yet they each took a single step towards success, and challenged themselves at a point where they might’ve walked away.

Ultimately, they all got their wishes.

I expect to also.


No time for oms homes

Kudos to Gretchen Rubin author of the Happiness Project. I read her book earlier this year and adopted several of her suggestions.

One suggestion absolutely changed my life by making me more mindful. It’s easy! To reduce stress during any tedious project add the word ‘meditation’ after the action.

For example, sitting in traffic becomes ‘sitting in traffic meditation’ and ironing clothes becomes ‘ironing clothes meditation.’ It helps me appreciate the value of slowing down and focusing in the moment on a single task through completion. I’m much calmer now doing things that previously caused me to break out into hissy fits.

Only thing it DOESN’T work for is the actual act of meditation–sitting to meditate m_____n.